Feinstein pushing FDA crackdown on home-based soap makers

Home-basedSoapMakersSenator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill called the ‘Personal Care Products Safety Act’ (SB 1014) that, according to Feinstein, would “make the world a safer place,” (for the multinational companies that enthusiastically support her bill).

This jolly bi-partisan bill would not place an outright ban on home-based soap makers and those who make all natural essential oil lotions and creams. Instead it would impose regulations that include tests, warning labels, fees and recall authority.

As Health Impact News asks, “If industries that back this law are so concerned about safety, why don’t they voluntarily make healthy products, like the small time producers already do?”

Good question.

Did it ever occur to our lawmakers who continuously introduce bills to justify their existence, that there is a very good reason these small companies and homemakers are creating shampoos, various washing and dish soaps, lotions, creams, deodorants and toothpaste with natural substances?

It is because numerous studies have found that many of the brand products produced by the familiar old companies are loaded with health-threatening toxic chemicals.

Those ‘familiar old companies,’ some of whom were born naturally long ago in kitchens and garages and don’t welcome newcomers starting the same way they did, have greatly expanded in this age of corporatism and consolidation.

Those backing the Feinstein/Collins bill include:

JOHNSON & JOHNSON (Neutrogena, Aveeno, Lubriderm).

PROCTER & GAMBLE (Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, Cover Girl, Olay, Sebastian Professional, Vidal Sassoon, Revlon).

ESTEE LAUDER (Clinique, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Donna Karan, Aveda).

UNILEVER (Dove, Tresemme, Lever, St. Ives, Noxzema, Nexxus, Pond’s, Suave, Sunsilk).

L’ OREEAL (Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Mabelline, Vichy, The Body Shop, Redken).

All of those companies have also swallowed up other, lesser known brands that are too numerous to list.

Since the FDA can’t even regulate or know what’s in our food, it doesn’t seem sensible to load them with more requirements to regulate what we choose to put on our skin and hair. Let the ‘Buyer Beware,’ as they used to admonish in real estate.

Sometimes coconut oil instead of Estee Lauder can be a good choice. That’s what health freedom is all about.

Source: Healthimpactnews.com

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