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SB 1249 (Galgiani), the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee 11 to 6

SACRAMENTO—In a 11-6 vote, the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee passed Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, at a hearing on Wednesday that drew dozens of passionate supporters to the State Capitol. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, SB 1249 would make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with limited exceptions.

Doctors Allege Corruption as Agencies Promote Dairy-Based Infant Formulas Over Breastfeeding

WASHINGTON—In response to Trump administration opposition to a resolution supporting the health benefits of breastfeeding, the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—has filed a Petition for Investigation with the Inspectors General of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Physicians Committee Welcomes EPA Plan Promoting Alternatives to Animal Tests

On June 22, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Strategic Plan to Promote the Development and Implementation of Alternative Test Methods Within the TSCA Program. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century (LCSA), which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), required EPA to publish this strategic plan to reduce and replace vertebrate animal testing within two years after the date of its enactment.

SB 1249, California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Judiciary Committee with 9-0 Vote

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act passed by a vote of 9 to 0 in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. SB 1249 would make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals.

New Tufts Study Underscores Need for Congress to Adopt ‘Healthy Staples’ Food Stamps Plan

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee says that a new Tufts University study, which finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more processed meat than those not receiving SNAP assistance, underscores the need for Congress to amend the farm bill to include the group’s Healthy Staples SNAP plan.

American Medical Association Calls on Federal Food Policy to Address Racial Disparities

A statement from Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president of the Physicians Committee: 

I want to salute the American Medical Association (AMA) for addressing racial disparities in heart disease, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. In each of these, deaths among African Americans are much higher than for whites.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s Farm Bill Amendment Would Make SNAP Healthier

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—commends Congressman Tom McClintock of California for introducing an amendment to the House farm bill that would align the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, which promotes food packages that include foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes that are deemed to provide good nutrition.

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