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U.S. House of Representatives Introduces Bill to Ban Microbeads in Personal Care Products

August 20, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced Bill  H.R. 4895, which would prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

Known as the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2014” the bill amends Section 601 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 361), which would go into effect January 1, 2018.  The bill has yet to pass the House, Senate and then receive the President’s signature and no legislative schedule has been posted in the House.

The State of Illinois recently enacted Public Act 098-0638 which bans personal care products and over-the-counter drugs that contain synthetic plastic microbeads.