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.
I know that I have hardly been able to worry about Iran getting nukes or yet another round of violent “protests” plaguing America because the horror of artisan soaps has been occupying my every waking moment. These are truly glorious times we live in when a federal regulatory agency can take time out from its busy day to make sure we safe from a harmful sudsing.
If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll be sleeping better tonight.