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Victory! PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Banned from Cosmetics in California


Janet Nudelman, Director, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, (415) 321-2902
Erika Wilhelm, Director of Marketing & Communications, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

SACRAMENTO—Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that bans intentionally added toxic PFAS chemicals (known as “forever chemicals”) from cosmetics sold in California.

“Toxic PFAS have no place in our consumer products,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), who authored the new law, the PFAS-Free Beauty Act. “California will now ban these harmful chemicals from our cosmetics and personal care products. I’m proud that our state has already banned PFAS in juvenile products and in paper-based food packaging.”

This law is one of the latest of the state’s hard-hitting steps to tackle PFAS. Governor Newsom also signed the California Safer Clothes and Textiles Act (AB 1817), authored by Assemblymember Ting, which bans the sale of clothes, outdoor gear, and other textiles containing toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in CA.

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