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3/16/2017 Rep. Tobon reintroduces bill requiring the listing of all ingredients on cosmetics
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Carlos E. Tobon has reintroduced legislation (2017-H 5905) that requires manufacturers to disclose all cosmetic ingredients on product labels and company websites. Representative Tobon introduced the bill last legislative session and it has been referred to the House Committee on Health, Education & Welfare.

“As consumers are becoming more aware of the effects certain products and ingredients have on their bodies, I feel it is important that they have the complete ingredient list of products that they may use in order to make an informed decision about buying and using said products,” said Representative Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket).  “Cosmetics are used on a daily basis by so many of our state’s population and they deserve to know what exactly they are applying to their bodies and the potential health effects these products may have when used.”

The legislation calls for any cosmetic manufactured, distributed or offered for retail sale in the state will have to disclose on the product label, and on the manufacturer’s Internet website, the full list of ingredients in the product, including the component ingredients of fragrances, flavors and color additives. The Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number of each ingredient will also have to be included on the ingredient list provided on the manufacturer’s Internet website.  If the act is violated, the first offense will result in a fine of no less than $10,000 to the product manufacturer.  If the violation is not corrected within six months of the initial violation, the manufacturer shall be fined no less than $25,000.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903