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You'd think that stricter standards for the products we slather on ourselves each day would be a good thing, but not everyone's standing behind the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, a new bill that could—quite literally—change the face of the beauty industry as we know it. An online petition has been urging small-business owners to denounce possible legislation, calling it "unworkable, unfair, and fundamentally flawed." We asked Janet Nudelman, program director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a nonprofit that seeks to eradicate the environmental causes of breast cancer, to make sense of the misinformation. In her own words, Nudelam debunks four of the most commonly held myths about the bill.
MYTH-BUSTING THE SAFE COSMETICS ACT
Myth 1: The bill will harm small businesses
Myth 2: The bill will require companies to test every ingredient
Myth 3: The bill will require impossible labeling standards
Myth 4: The bill is unworkable and will crush the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
+ Campaign for Safe Cosmetics