Is there no end to government’s intrusion into our lives? We must now have calories listed on fast food menus – like that EVER stopped anyone from ordering a Big Mac. The government is in our toilets. And “feminine hygiene products.” Do you ever wonder what would happen if you removed the tag on the underside of your furniture which says “Under penalty of law this tag not to be removed?”Well now you can add something else to the list which MUST BE REGULATED: handmade soap.
Yes, you know those attractive bars being made by people at home and sold at green markets on the weekends, or on craft sites like Etsy? Well, liberals led by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins have set their steely gaze on the unbridled (gasp!) capitalism taking place in kitchens nationwide and are getting ready to slap some nasty regulations on the cottage industry.Michael Strickland writing for Progressives Today says, “Unfortunately for (the soap makers), and fortunately for the large, corporate soap manufacturers, Feinstein and Collins have introduced and sponsored S.1014, the “Personal Care Products Safety Act”. We the need the safety-ness due to the thousands of people being killed by home made soaps each year (sarcasm).
The summary text of the bill reads:This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require cosmetics companies to register their facilities with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to submit to the FDA cosmetic ingredient statements that include the amounts of a cosmetic’s ingredients. Companies must pay a facility registration fee based on their annual gross sales of cosmetics. The collected fees can only be used for cosmetic safety activities.
If the FDA determines that a cosmetic has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences, it may prohibit the cosmetic’s distribution by suspending the cosmetic ingredient statement. If other cosmetics from the same facility may be affected, the FDA may prohibit distribution from the facility by suspending the facility’s registration.
The FDA must review the safety of at least five cosmetic ingredients each year, and it may establish conditions for safe use of an ingredient, including a limit on the amount of the ingredient or a requirement for a warning label. A cosmetic cannot be sold if it contains an ingredient that is not safe, not safe under the recommended conditions of use, or not safe in the amount present in the cosmetic.Jeffery Tucker, of Foundation For Economic Education adds:
And guess who is supporting it? Their backers call them “stakeholders.” That’s another way of saying the dominant industrial groups: Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Estee Lauder, L’Oréal and Revlon. These companies are the fist within the glove of “consumer protection.” If they can raise the costs of doing business, driving the small businesses that sell on Etsy out of business, they have a firmer hold on their market share.”
Yep, there’s crony capitalism for you. Quite sure it exists on the other side of the aisle as well, but it sure seems to show up a lot on the left.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]