Consumer Protection

My political career began as a consumer advocate when I led the successful campaign in 1969 to put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket. I am a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I serve as the Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection subcommittee. On the Committee, I have continued my efforts to protect consumers from unfair business practices, unsafe products, insurance abuses, and harmful chemicals in products, and to improve the safety of children's products, vehicles, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. 

Legislation I've Introduced

Safe Cosmetics Act – The Safe Cosmetics Act would phase out the use of dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens and reproductive toxins, from use in personal care products.  Visit Cosmetic Safety for more information.

More on Consumer Protection

January 8, 2020 Video

As chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, I led a hearing on the issues surrounding online deception practices, including deepfakes and other manipulation of digital content.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky seeking information on the targeted marketing and sale of the company’s talc-based baby powder and its potential to cause harm, particularly to women, teenage girls, and people of color, due to as

September 17, 2019 Video

I introduced H.R. 2211, the “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act” or the “STURDY Act,” to direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a consumer product safety standard for clothing storage units to prevent them from tipping over onto children.

July 30, 2019 Video

WGN covered a press conference I hosted today to talk about the danger of leaving children in cars, and legislation I've introduced to prevent those situations, the HOT Cars Act.