THE WHAT? New York has become the third U.S. state to ban cosmetics products containing mercury, according to a report by the NY Post.
THE DETAILS The law, signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, goes into effect on 1 st June, 2023, and prohibits the sale of beauty products containing neurotoxin.
Mercury is predominately found in products made outside of and imported into the U.S., linked to anti-ageing or skin lightening items, and is said to be linked to debilitating and damaging health problems.
THE WHY? While the FDA doesn’t require brands to list all-encompassing ingredients in their product, the new law requires cosmetic manufacturers to report ingredients to the agency, as well as reports of ‘serious adverse events’ and ingredient safety.