The new California Safe Cosmetics Act requires cosmetic companies to report the ingredients in their products that are considered carcinogens or reproductive toxins. Twenty-two companies filed for “trade secret” status for over 1,500 products, manipulating the system so they don’t have to publish their ingredients.
“We understand and respect the need for companies to have trade secret protections for the few select chemicals needed to a product’s competitive advantage, but we do not believe that these business needs should ever trump public health,” [Erin Switalski] said.
“It’s just plain wrong that companies are hiding chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects under the pretense of trade secrets,” said Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy and co-founder of the Campaign. “Consumers want and deserve full ingredient disclosure.”