After passionate pleas from both sides of the issue, the state of Colorado has decided to postpone a bill that would ban beauty products with so-called cancerous chemicals. Called the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, it failed to find the footing it needed, with a house vote of seven to four.
Proponents of the bill say that many personal-care products are toxic, capable of causing cancer and reproductive problems. They cite several organizations’ lists of chemicals believed to harmful, and were pushing to prohibit the sale of any products using them as ingredients.
“Many products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients (such as formaldehyde, phthalates, and coal tar) that are linked to cancer and birth defects, even many of the ‘natural’ ones,” State Representative Dianne Primavera told the Denver Post.
Although it may seem like common sense to ban “killer chemicals,” those opposed to the bill say there’s no scientific basis for the bill-just sensationalism, assumptions and fear. Critics find flaws in banning products legally marketed under FDA regulation.
“It bans the sale of any personal care product that contains a chemical identified as a ‘potential’ cause of cancer or has ‘some’ reproductive toxicity, yet there is no mention of specific dosage levels,” wrote Denver Post guest commentator Kelly Maher. “Too much of even the most innocuous ingredient can be harmful. After makeup and cosmetics, one of my favorite things is chocolate, yet too much chocolate causes theobromine poisoning and death in humans.”
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