ST. PAUL, MN – In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a warning urging people to discontinue using skin lightening products because they contain harmful toxic substances that are deadly to users and harmful to the environment. In 2012, the FDA issued a similar alert. Despite these warnings, use of these products is still prevalent in Minnesota. Dangerous skin-lightening products are available online and in Minnesota stores with out-of-state suppliers.
To address this issue, legislation will be heard this week to request funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to disseminate grants to community organizations and local health providers to educate at-risk communities about the dangers and to discourage product use.
WHO: Sen. Sandra Pappas: Senate HHS Committee
Rep. Hodan Hassan: House Human Services Policy Committee
WHAT: Skin-Lightening Products in Minnesota: HF 1898 and SF 1920
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:30
House Human Services Policy Committee, 200 SOB
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy, 1200 MSB
The legislation is supported by African Immigrants Community Services, Mercury Policy Project, The Beauty Well Project, The Racial Equity Task Force – Human Rights Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Sierra Club, and World Without Genocide.