American Moms Will Be Watching To See If Congress Will Make Products Safer

By Kristie Turck •  Published 11/17/11 •  2 min read

Today the U.S. Senate will be holding a hearing on The Safe Chemicals Act.  A bill that American moms have been waiting for, for years. The Safe Chemicals Act, sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg, is a bill that will finally address our severely outdated laws surrounding the issue of chemical safety and regulation in our every day household products.  The reform will address the antiquated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  It’s long overdue and the old laws are not working.

Being a parent brings to the forefront the instinct to protect.  To protect our children and our families from harm, in any way possible. So when many of us became mothers or fathers, we took a close look at what was around us. Our mattresses soaked in flame retardants, our cleaning products that pollute the air in our homes and the earth, our skin care, our baby bottles, … everything.

By updating TSCA, Congress can create the foundation for a sound and comprehensive chemicals policy that protects public health and the environment, while restoring the luster of safety to U.S. goods in the world market.

Like our celebrity mom Jessica Alba (who has been our Mom Ambassador on supporting this reform) says, “It is still legal to use lead, mercury, asbestos and formaldehyde in many common household products. Even worse, there are thousands of other chemicals in use that have never been tested for safety at all!”

We rely on the government to make sure that the products our families use are safe.  That needs to become a clearer truth rather than a false assumption.  Today at 10am EST, Moms and Dads across America will be interrupting their busy day to watch The U.S. Senate hold a hearing on “The Safe Chemicals Act“.   Follow the hearing, along with 30,000 other parents, on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Facebook page today at 10am EST.

I’ve been waiting for this since I learned about the risks my family suffers so that companies can make money. It’s time for that to change.  Today.