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The Safety of Personal Care Products

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.

Related: Risks of Sunscreen, FDA Sued Over Use of Chemicals in Consumer Products

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11:26AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Can anyone here explain why it is so?
"""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. """"

12:26PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

good to know

2:20AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Just because something is "natural" does not make it "non-toxic". Apricot pits contain cyanide.

5:57PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

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10:31AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

interesting and helpful advice thanks

8:49AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Can't expect the FDA to protect us.

7:09AM PDT on May 15, 2011

It does seem odd that our government doesn't do a better job of protecting us from things that are bad for us. Write to your legislators and let them know you want to be protected. It should be their job.

10:35AM PDT on May 11, 2011

I should have elaborated. My presentation is going to be a powerpoint show discussing the chemicals present in daily products, that have been linked to health issues including cancer, infertility, and so on. Thank you.

10:17AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your article.
Please may I reference this article for my college class presentation?

5:45AM PDT on May 11, 2011

I though Tom's of Maine was expensive, but I'm thinking they are worth it now.

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