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Dingell introduces bill requiring warning label for children’s cosmetics

By: - March 19, 2019 2:42 pm

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is at least the second member of Michigan’s congressional delegation to speak out about asbestos being detected in children’s cosmetics.

Debbie Dingell

Dingell, along with fellow U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), introduced on Monday House Resolution 1816 to mandate that all cosmetics marketed to children at least bear a warning label. The legislation comes after three products sold by retailer Claire’s last week were recalled by the  company after the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the harmful chemicals earlier this month.

Asbestos is a harmful, but naturally occurring mineral that is found in many products, according to the FDA.

Dingell, in a statement, said the legislation will help parents stay educated about the ingredients found in products used by their children.

“Parents should have the peace of mind in knowing that the cosmetics their children use are safe. Yet once again, asbestos was found in products – including glitter and eyeshadow – being marketed and sold to children by the popular retailer Claire’s,” said Dingell. “No child should be exposed to asbestos through the use of common, everyday products.”

The resolution would mandate that any cosmetics product marketed toward children carry a warning label if it has not been tested for asbestos.

Rashida Tlaib | Ken Coleman

Dingell’s fellow Michigander, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), last week told a U.S. House committee that she was “shook” about the reports that asbestos was found in these products.  

“I think people are not realizing corporate greed is a type of cancer in our democracy right now,” Tlaib said, as the Advance previously reported.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.