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August 22, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,News by Katie @ 2:10 pm

The Enviroblog is reporting that Congress has agreed to ban three dangerous phthalates that go in to personal care products made for children under 12.

The decision came in spite of the chemical industry’s desperate attempt to shut the provision down. Exxon-Mobil alone spent a significant portion of its $22 million lobbying budget on the project.

The provision, which would also require extensive testing of three other types of phthalates before potentially banning them, is a part of a major piece of legislation overhauling the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Andy Igrejas of the Pew Charitable Trusts told Layton: ‘The debate over this one set of chemicals is a referendum on a broken system. Congress saw just how screwed up the system is in protecting people from chemicals, especially children.’

Meanwhile, Layton writes that the ban ‘signals an important crack in the chemical industry’s ability to fend off federal regulation and suggests that the landscape may be shifting to favor consumers.’

This is great news, even if it is a long time coming. Theorganicsalon.com believes that all products should be free from phthalates and all other nasty chemicals.

That’s why we only retail natural and organic beauty products.

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