As more and more cases of malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer are being blamed on exposure to asbestos in household goods, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are moving forward with proposed legislation meant to force cosmetics companies to provide warning labels for products marketed to children. At the same time, Congress is considering providing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with greater power to act against companies that have asbestos in products that consumers are exposed to, and are also revisiting passage of an anti-asbestos law that would ban the use of the material in the United States entirely.
Asbestos has been used in the United States for centuries, and it was only after it was proven to be the cause of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases that its use was significantly curtailed. Though many Americans believe that its use was banned years ago, it is actually still in constant use, and has even slipped undetected into consumer products, including children’s toys and cosmetics. In order to protect the American public, Congress is taking action on several different fronts. These include:
- Representatives Debbie Dingell and Jam Schakowsky have introduced the Children’s Product Warning Label Act, which would require companies selling children’s cosmetics to label any products that have not been evaluated for contamination with carcinogens as potentially being dangerous.
- A hearing was held last week regarding existing current weaknesses in laws governing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and specifically regarding their ability to control the sale of consumer products that may contain asbestos or other dangerous materials.
- Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are hearing testimony regarding the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, which had previously been suggested but had not advanced to a vote. The bill would make changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act, specifically banning the manufacture, processing, use and distribution of asbestos in the United States.
Whether any of these proposals will become law is unclear, but what is certain is that victims of asbestos exposure who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other diseases are able to pursue justice against those companies that have caused their illness. For information on how we can help, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.