The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed legislation (H.F. 458) that would prohibit manufacturers from “intentionally” adding formaldehyde to children’s personal care products such as lotions, shampoos and bubble bath for children younger than age 8. The legislation was passed in a 113-13 vote and now moves to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton (D). If it is approved, the ban would take effect August 1, 2015.

“There’s no reason for formaldehyde-releasing chemicals to be in products that children inhale and absorb through their skin” said Kathleen Schuler, co-director of Healthy Legacy, the Minnesota environmental health coalition supporting the legislation. “Safer alternatives are available and being used by some manufacturers. This bill takes an important step in protecting young children who could suffer health effects from exposure to toxic formaldehyde.” See Campaign for Safe Cosmetics News Release, May 6, 2013.