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Personal Care Products Council testifies on hill.

Pamela G. Bailey, CEO and president of the Personal Care Products Council, appeared before the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 14 to discuss the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act Legislation on Device and Cosmetic Safety.

"Consumer safety has always been the number one priority of our cosmetics and personal care products companies, and our continued commitment to safety has made cosmetics and personal care products the safest category of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," Ms. Bailey told the committee.

Of the 11 billion personal care products that are sold annually, an average of less than 150 adverse reactions are reported--most of which are minor skin irritations. Topically-applied and not ingested, cosmetics have the least potential to impact human health of any FDA-regulated product category, according to the Council. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) of 1938, it is a crime to market unsafe cosmetic products.

Cosmetics products imported into the U.S. are subject to the same laws and regulations as those produced in the U.S. They must be safe and contain no prohibited ingredients, and all labeling and packaging must be in compliance with regulations. All colors must be listed and pre-approved by FDA, and a number of color additives must be batch certified by FDA.

"Product safety in a global marketplace is not only a matter of law for our members but also the primary commitment for each of them and for our trade association," said Ms. Bailey. "The Council is a science-based, safety-first organization with a decades-long track record of product safety initiatives that go beyond requirements of the law."

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Date:Jun 1, 2008
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