Wednesday, April 13, 2005

They check that stuff out, don't they?

"That stuff" refers to personal care products including cosmetics, and the answer is no. The Food and Drug Administration has little authority to regulate the personal care products industry. The industry is "self-policing," and guess what? They don't do a very good job of it according to this piece.

Personal care products are riddled with toxic, even known cancer-causing agents. The European Union is forcing personal care products companies to remove the worst known toxics. And, many "natural" products companies have agreed to do so in the United States through the efforts of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Major traditional manufacturers have so far refused to sign on. In the meantime, you can check your personal care products and cosmetics for harmful ingredients using the campaign's searchable product guide.

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