In addition, companies are not required to test the ingredients in their products to determine if they cause long term, negative health effects, such as cancer or the inability to have a healthy child. Since there is no government standard for safety, companies can say whatever they want about the safety of their products.
Chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects do not belong in personal care products, period.
Why is the Government not protecting us against these harmful chemicals? Cosmetics are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but compared to food and drugs, cosmetic products receive little government scrutiny, virtually anything can be put in a cosmetic product. Also major loopholes in federal law prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other government agency from approving the safety of cosmetics and body care products before they can be sold. Interestingly, the Europeans are taking this seriously and in 2005, a Directive passed by the European Union, mandates that chemicals determined to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins be removed from cosmetics sold in Europe.
The European Union now bans more than 1,100 chemicals from personal care products because they may cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive problems. In stark contrast, just 10 ingredients are banned from cosmetics in the United States. It is just another example of poor regulation and an industry putting profits before safety of the consumer.