While the U.S. Congress reached an agreement on federal microbead legislation—the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 (Microbead Act)— which was signed into law by President Barack Obama (D) on December 28, 2015, the personal care products (PCP) sector continues to wrestle with the microbead issue.

In response to the negative press surrounding the microbead issue, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) penned a letter to the editor of U.S. News & World Report (USNWR). In its letter, the PCPC stated that prior coverage by the USNWR was not balanced and failed to include “input from environmental scientists.” PCPC further stated that “scientific studies from around the world reveal that cosmetic microbeads are tiny contributors to plastic marine debris – as little as half of one percent.” Finally, the PCPC noted that “no current scientific studies showing that microbeads end up in the food chain or that they demon- strate a harmful effect on either humans or wildlife at real-world levels.”