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California becomes first state to ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 23:20:04-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics — making the state the first in the nation to prohibit the use of the hazardous ingredients for that purpose.

The Toxic Free Cosmetics Act bans 24 chemicals starting in 2025. It was authored by Democratic Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who called it a landmark bill. He says the chemicals are known to cause cancer, reproductive harm and hormone disruption.

The chemicals banned are known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, and hormone disruption, Muratsuchi said. All the chemicals have already been banned by the European Union, but California is the first U.S. state to prohibit the materials.

Another piece of legislation signed by Newsom requires companies to disclose possibly harmful ingredients being used in personal care products.