Dianne Feinstein’s Dirty Law Will Put Artisans Out of Business

18239503_sJust a month ago, Dianne Feinstein wanted to ban a book from the Internet. But she hasn’t let that terrible idea slow her down… now she has another one!

This time Feinstein has teamed up with some of the largest soap manufacturers to help put artisanal soap makers out of business.

And if this “dirty law” passes, the only kind of soap you’ll be able to buy is stuff that’s loaded with known carcinogens.

Here’s the story as provided by Health Impact News:

People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business.

The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act should be more progressive like laws in Europe rather than antiquated US regulations in effect since the 1930s.

If the industries that back this law are really so concerned about safety, why don’t they voluntarily make healthy products, like the small time producers already do?

Feinstein does not propose to ban these dangerous ingredients from soaps and cosmetics, just regulate them with tests and warning labels, fees, and recall authority. She thinks some of these products, though harmful to health, magically become “safe when used by professionals in a salon or spa setting.”

Companies and brands that support the bill:

  • Johnson & Johnson, brands include Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Lubriderm, Johnson’s baby products.
  • Procter & Gamble, including Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, Herbal Essences, Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Ivory, CoverGirl, Olay, Sebastian Professional, Vidal Sassoon.
  • Revlon, brands include Revlon, Almay, Mitchum
  • Esteee Lauder, brands include Esteee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan, Aveda, Michael Kors.
  • Unilever, brands include Dove, Tresemme, Lever, St. Ives, Noxzema, Nexxus, Pond’s, Suave, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Degree.
  • L’Oreeal, brands include L’Oreeal Paris, Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Essie, Garnier, Maybelline-New York, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, The Body Shop, Redken.

The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance posted this form on its website that can be used to reach out to elected representatives.

There’s no doubt corporate interests outweigh the personal interest of Americans. In fact, this is reason why farmers are not allowed to sell raw milk and Americans are not permitted to buy it.

When people try to take their health into their own hands the government decides they need to intervene. Not because they’re worried about the health of the individual. Not at all.

They’re concerned whether their corporate interests are being protected. Because if they’re not, who’s going to be there to donate next election cycle?

What do you think of Feinstein’s proposal? Let me know in the comments below.