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Investigative report – chemicals from personal care products and cancer

Did my wife’s cosmetics give her breast cancer? Inside a regulatory disaster zone by John Wasik – Washington Monthly, May 6, 2013.

  • “The European Union bans nearly 1,400 chemicals from personal care products because they are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction. But in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration entrusts safety regulation of cosmetics to a private entity that is housed and funded by the industry’s trade association. To date, this entity has found only eleven chemicals to be “unsafe for use in cosmetics.” The FDA has no oversight of cosmetics products before they come on the market and, unlike the EU, leaves it to the cosmetics industry to determine which ingredients should be banned.”
  • See also the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and this news release – Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics, Shampoos, Targeted by Congress
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