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The US Senate has re-introduced a bill that aims to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products.

This bill would require the FDA to evaluate a minimum of five ingredients per year to determine their safety and appropriate use. The first set of chemicals to be reviewed includes:

  • Diazolidinyl urea, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotion.
  • Lead acetate, which is used as a color additive in hair dyes.
  • Methylene glycol/formaldehyde, which is used in hair treatments.
  • Propyl paraben, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
  • Quaternium-15, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams and cleansers.

The bill is being supported by a wide range of consumer groups and companies.

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