For those of you who are unaware, the US Congress sat down today to discuss and hear testimony on the regulation process of cosmetics in the United States.
Why is this such a big deal? Well, of course, these regulations determine what companies can put into our makeup, hair care, body care, toothpaste, children's personal care products, sunscreens, etc...and that's hugely important. They also have an effect on the US economical landscape: according to a 2010 report prepared the Personal Care Products Council by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the personal care/beauty industry accounts for 2.8 million jobs. That's a heck of a lot of people, and it results in $189 billion in GDP.
Obviously, this is a complex issue, and it is compounded by a lot of misinformation and scare tactic pseudo-science, which makes it even more important that we pay attention to what it going on. Here's the hearing in its entirety; I encourage each one of you to take the time, if you have it, to sit down and watch it.
Additional information from the hearing, including opening statements and written testimony, can be found on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pages:
You can also view the social media reaction by checking out the Twitter topic #cosmeticshearing.
Of course, I hope everyone out there will take the time to go over this information and make your voice heard, but for those of you that do not have the time, attention span, or inclination to follow congressional subcommittee hearings, never fear, you can borrow my notes! Keep an eye out in the next day or so for a "highlight reel" of the hearing.