Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The FDA Globalization Act 2009

Hey Y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. To start off this post, I would like to say a big "thanks" to Jennifer at Eco-Office-Gals. Now, I am pretty handy when it comes to the computer and have "some" graphic skills but designing "ad buttons" is not one of them. Jennifer designed the handy dandy "shop" button to the right, which is a direct link to the Cactus & Ivy website. So, if you are in need of a Virtual Assistant, then please visit Eco-Office-Gals. You'll be glad you did! You ROCK Jennifer!

Now, I would like to say thanks to all who went to the Indie Business Blog last year to read and sign the petition to stop the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. Your voices were heard! The old draft would have put thousands of "indie" businesses out of business with mountains of paperwork and outrageous fees.

Thanks to the efforts of Donna Maria Coles Johnson of Indie Beauty, Lela Barker of Bella Lucce, Kayla and Dennis Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale, Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry, Marie Gale of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild and the thousands of signatures to the petition, the future of the indie business owner looks much brighter. Read the latest letter submitted to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

If the FDA Globalization Act of 2009 is passed, the only thing that has not changed is mandatory registration of our business and ingredients to the FDA. I am proud to say that Cactus & Ivy was already registered with the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP).

"The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) is an FDA post-market reporting system for use by manufacturers, packers, and distributors of cosmetic products that are in commercial distribution in the United States
. The VCRP helps FDA in its mission to protect consumers, while also helping cosmetic manufacturers and distributors make informed decisions. The greater the participation by the cosmetic industry, the better this program works."

I believe in the FDA and its mission to protect the consumer, while helping me make informed decisions as a manufacturer. This is great news and I thank y'all for hearing my call last year to let your voice be heard!

Thanks for stopping by y'all and I hope you have a great day!

Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy
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