Support Indies! Stop the FDA Globalization Act of 2008!

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is trying to draft a law that would put small, independent cosmetics and personal care manufacturers out of business by forcing them to pay outrageous registration fees (up to $12,000 per year) and comply with burdensome paperwork. A lot of these small businesses help keep their owners at home with their children. Big cosmetic companies like Carol’s Daughter and Burt’s Bees started out small and would not have survived had this legislation existed when they first started. So this legislation will basically hinder potentially successful businesses. Please take the time out to sign the petition to help support businesses like j.blossom and co, Shea Radiance, Bee Simple, and Wild Woozle Soap Company.

4 Responses to Support Indies! Stop the FDA Globalization Act of 2008!

  1. Sheliza says:

    I showed my supprt :)

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  2. Karen says:

    Sounds like the law needs some work so that it does not squash the small businesses but at the same time ensure that safe products are being produced and sold to consumers. As much as I like the idea of supporting small businesses I am very skeptical of so called “natural” products that have not gone through testing to make sure they are safe. There are a LOT of natural substances out there that are deadly/harmful and one also has to worry about how much of a “natural” chemical is in a product, as they are not regulated the product could vary in its potency. And the person producing such products likely thinks it is safe and wholesome because it is “natural” and that just isn’t always the case.

    I hope I don’t sound too against the small businesses and their products, I am just trying to give the other side of the issue a little light and really hope that it can all be resolved in a way that helps keep the consumers safe and the small businesses viable.

    Karen

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  3. Mommy says:

    What it boils down to are the high fees. Yes we need to make sure these products are safe, but make the process of approval a little easier. Grants and discounts need to be issued.

  4. Karen says:

    I agree with you, make the paperwork/approval process simple without too many forms and such and maybe have a sliding or bracket scale for the fees. Small companies would pay a small fee or none at all, bigger companies would pay larger fees, and I think it is a business expense and so could possibly be written off as such when tax season comes. It can’t be that difficult to have the system set up in a way that works.

    Also the FDA is underfunded, they do not have the resources to do all that they are responsible for and that makes them work slower to try and keep up, which would be a problem for a company that is waiting on product approval. Pretty sad that the legislators are allowed to vote on giving themselves raises, which they tend to vote yes on, but they do not work the budget to properly fund an agency that is there to protect public health. That’s what we get for allowing a bunch of greedy rich men (and a few women) be in charge of the budget! My mom should be in charge of it, she knows how to pinch pennies, lol.

    Karen

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