Dem proposes bill allowing some products to be labeled 'cancer-free'

Under his bill, H.R. 6191, the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Product Safety Commission would set up rules for approving the use of "cancer-free" labels. It says approved labels would state, "This product does not contain known or likely carcinogens that increase your risk of cancer."

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To get approval, companies would have to send in a list of ingredients or substances used in the product. Agencies could approve the use of the label if it finds no carcinogens are used, and the company is making, storing and transporting the product in a way that does not pose a risk of cancer.

The bill also requires agencies to conduct random testing of products to ensure they are in fact composed of substances listed in the application. And, it allows agencies to charge a "reasonable fee" to administer the program.

Finally, the bill makes it illegal to label products as cancer-free without government approval, subject to a fine of no more than $100,000.