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Call to ban microbeads in products

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Those tiny beads used in facial scrubs, shampoos and toothpaste could be banned in New York.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Assmeblyman Robert Sweeney want to keep the plastic beads out of the state's Great Lakes and other bodies of water.

The beads- so small they look like dust to the naked eye- have been found in alarmingly high levels. When toxic chemicals accumulate on the surface they threaten fish, wildlife and public health, said Schneiderman in a statement.

If eaten by fish, the beads make it into the food chain.

The Microbead-Free Waters Act is the first legislation of its kind.

"From the Great Lakes to the Hudson River to Long Island Sound, our commitment to protecting and restoring New York's water is among our most important responsibilities," said Schneiderman.

Several manufacturers including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive have made commitments to phase out microbeads in their products, according to Schneiderman.

"There are a number of natural alternatives to microbeads that will provide the results that consumers are looking for without diminishing our water quality," said Sweeney in a statement.

Consumers can determine if their beauty or personal care products contain microbeads by checking the product ingredient list for "polyethylene" or "polypropylene."


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