I hope this post finds you doing well. Very good news to report this morning. Yesterday, the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act HB 10-1248 failed in a vote 7 - 4. I listened live via my computer and man was it exciting. I've never been privy to a formal legislative action related to the cosmetic industry. Can I just say, WOW! This is a huge victory but there is still more that needs to be done.
I won't do a play by play of the 3.5hr long session, I'll just provide a brief paragraph from both sides of the isle.
For the bill
Susan Roll, Vice Chair of the Women's Lobby of Colorado, and a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Ms. Roll was asked by Representative Daniel Kagan where the independent scientific studies are and why they had not been brought to their attention in the course of lobbying this bill. Ms. Roll replied, "I am not a scientist, I'm a social worker. I am reading what you are reading, also just trying to make some educated guesses about it, honestly".
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CFSC), which I use to be a member, is a dangerous organization. Their claims are based on "guess" and "think". They did not bring scientific claims to the table that would justify their position on HB 10-1248.
Against the bill
Speaking of facts, Dr. Richard Adamson, a former cancer researcher who is now a representative of the Personal Care Products Council, spoke of facts. I was mesmerized by his testimony. Dr. Adamson received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Drake University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Iowa and his doctorate at 23. He also holds a M.A. in International Law and International Affairs from the George Washington University and has further graduate training in science, operational research and government and management.
During Dr. Adamson's testimony, he indicated that any ingredient that is from the soil, meaning, if it grew, would contain trace amounts of lead. Lead is not knowingly added to lipstick, however, trace amounts of lead may appear if it contains ingredients from the soil. "You would have to consume 3 to 4 tubes of lipstick per day for 70 years to reach toxic lead exposure".
So, do you think consumers deserve educated guesses or facts? If you would like to read posts from others on this, please check out the following links:
Soap Leaves - Colorado votes for sound research and good science
Essential U - Colorado House Committee is Told "We Don't Have the Science" & Votes No
Indie Business Blog - Bad Science and Bad Public Policy Combine to Defeat Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act
Thanks for stopping by and I hope y'all have a great day!
Cactus & Ivy