"As an American.... as a mother.... as a health conscious individual.... as a citizen concerned about the economy.... as a business owner who started from home.... and as a supplier who promotes the handcrafted skin care industry everyday, I strongly oppose the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 in its current form. The proposed act was clearly not prepared with the whole cosmetic industry in mind. The small business sector has been grossly overlooked. That is NOT the American way, nor it is good for the American economy! The high, flat fee structure is unfair to those who have worked so hard to establish themselves in business and are just starting to mature as businesses. Small business owners have dedicated their time and resources to develop their knowledge, their products and their businesses so they can secure their futures and improve the lives of their children. Countless numbers of these artisans will be forced to go out of business if this act is passed without fair regard for their ability to pay the proposed registration fees. I'm sure that each and every one of us opposing this act can appreciate having regulations in place to protect the consumer, but surely the registration fees could be tailored to fit company revenues. Implementing a high fee structure will eliminate most, if not all, small businesses, allow the existing giants to monopolize the industry, halt the creative spin that handcrafters tend to set off within the industry and eliminate the birth of businesses like Carol's Daughter, a small company that took spark in a kitchen."
"As a supplier of ingredients to the cosmetic industry, my husband and I are well aware of how large, well branded companies make product. They cut costs, they cut ingredients and they go for label claims (1% is all it takes!). Their packaging is more expensive than the product in it and their definition of quality is questionable. Small businesses, on the other hand, are acutely aware of the need for high quality, chemical free alternatives for people who suffer from skin sensitivities and choose to use premium quality ingredients. Without the passion and dedication of small businesses, like our customers, we would not have a choice to buy high quality, conscientiously crafted, AMERICAN MADE products. I want the choice to choose!"