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|Minnesota Legislature Votes to Ban Formaldehyde in Children’s Soaps, Lotions
May 6th, 2013
Minnesota’s legislature took a giant step toward protecting children by banning formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, from children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths.
|Shareholders Ask Avon to Ditch Toxic Cosmetics|
April 30th, 2013
When Avon shareholders gather in New York City on May 2, they will consider a resolution calling on the company to substitute safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals used in their beauty products that have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious diseases.
|Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics, Shampoos, Targeted by Congress
March 21st, 2013
Today the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients, was introduced in Congress.
|Tests reveal potentially toxic titanium dioxide in sunscreen and cosmetics|
March 5th, 2013
Friends of the Earth revealed new testing results today that found many popular sunscreen and cosmetic products are using a potentially hazardous form of a common ingredient.
|Who’s Naughty and Who’s Nice?|
December 11th, 2012
When it comes to their commitment to cosmetics safety, some retailers are naughty and some are nice; some lead the market trend toward safer products and some lag behind.
|Johnson & Johnson Makes Historic Commitment to Remove Cancer-Causing Chemicals
August 15th, 2012
Prompted by growing concerns raised by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), makers of Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, announced today that it will be removing carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from its baby and adult products globally.
|Salon Workers Expose Ugly Side of Beauty Industry to Lawmakers|
July 23rd, 2012
This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending upon D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace.
|Sustained pressure by non-profits forces change in FDA nanotech policy|
Friends of the Earth
May 3rd, 2012
Several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight issued a statement responding to recent steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that represent marginal progress toward regulation of products made with this new technology.
|Industry-backed Cosmetics Safety Bill a Trojan Horse, Will Set Back Cosmetics Safety |
April 23rd, 2012
Health and consumer groups denounced today the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012, introduced last week by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), as an affront to consumer and worker health.
|Nail Polishes Test Positive for Toxic Chemicals Despite Label Claims|
April 11th, 2012
California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control announced yesterday that some nail care products typically found in many of California’s estimated 48,000 nail salons and sold directly to consumers contain high levels of hazardous chemicals despite their labels claiming otherwise.
|Industry Influence Dominates Historic Hearing on Toxic Cosmetics|
March 28th, 2012
the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday convened the first Congressional hearing in 30 years on the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. The hearing was weighted in favor of industry, which represented four of the six witnesses called to testify before committee. No witnesses representing health impacted salon workers or consumers were called to testify.
|Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: Congress to Investigate Mercury, Lead, Formaldehyde Found in Many Body-Care Products|
March 22nd, 2012
In the wake of recent scandals involving mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair products and lead in lipstick, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years. The hearing will take place March 27.
|Obama Budget Calls for Increased FDA Oversight of Cosmetics Industry, Personal Care Products|
February 28th, 2012
The Obama administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year calls for an additional $19 million in funding through user fees to enable the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to more effectively regulate cosmetics.
|Hundreds of lipsticks contaminated with lead, reports new FDA study|
February 7th, 2012
A new analysis of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals that the problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported.
|Toxic Hair Treatments: Lawsuits Settled on Brazilian Blowout; California Attorney General Suit Forces Hazard Warning|
January 30th, 2012
Health advocates are ramping up pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the keratin hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout from the marketplace in light of a legal settlement announced today in a California court against the company that makes the product.
|Market Shift: Hundreds of Cosmetics Companies Fulfill Safe Products Pledge|
November 30th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that 322 cosmetics companies have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients – a pioneering practice in the cosmetics industry. An additional 110 companies made significant progress toward those goals.
|Johnson & Johnson Promises to Remove Carcinogens from Baby Products|
November 16th, 2011
Today, Johnson & Johnson delivered a letter to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics laying out commitments and timelines for the company’s plans to reformulate all of its baby products worldwide to remove cancer-causing chemicals.
|Toxic Baby Shampoo: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Global Reformulation Under Pressure from Health Groups|
November 1st, 2011
Johnson's Baby Shampoo in the U.S. and elsewhere contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, yet safer alternatives are in use in other countries.
|Toxic Pesticide in Summertime Soaps|
July 14th, 2011
Today health and environmental groups urged retailer Bath & Body Works to stop selling its line of "summertime scent" soaps that contain triclosan, a toxic chemical categorized as a pesticide.
|New Bill to Modernize 1938 Regulations that Allow Harmful Chemicals in Shampoos, Cosmetics|
June 24th, 2011
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products such as shampoo and cosmetics are free of harmful ingredients.
|Toxic Heavy Metals Widespread in Cosmetics, New Study Finds|
May 16th, 2011
According to a new report by Environmental Defence Canada, popular cosmetics products contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic and cadmium.
|Congressional Leaders to FDA: Protect Public from Toxic Hair Treatments|
May 10th, 2011
Ten members of Congress sent a letter to the FDA on Friday expressing their deep concern regarding formaldehyde-containing hair-straighteners.
|Beauty Salon Workers in Danger: Toxic Brazilian Blowout|
April 12th, 2011
OSHA issued a hazard alert Monday, warning that popular hair straightening products such as "Brazilian Blowout" can cause serious health problems, including increased risk of cancer.
|Hundreds of Cosmetic Companies Leading the Market on Safer Products, Consumer Right-to-Know|
January 27th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will sunset the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and publish in summer 2011 the list of companies that are fully compliant with the voluntary product-safety and transparency pledge.
|Toxic Brazilian Blowout Too Dangerous to Be Used in U.S., Experts Say|
November 9th, 2010
A coalition of leading public health and safety advocates issued strong demands to the U.S. FDA today for the recall of two popular hair products made by Brazilian Blowout, due to dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.
|Abercrombie & Fitch: Stop Spraying Toxic Fragrance!|
September 28th, 2010
Teens, parents, environmental health advocates, women's and medical organizations are demanding that Abercrombie & Fitch stop spraying its signature fragrance Fierce inside and outside its stores.
|Film Release: The Story of Cosmetics|
July 21st, 2010
On July 21st – in anticipation of soon-to-be-introduced Congressional legislation to regulate personal care products – The Story of Stuff Project will release "The Story of Cosmetics," a 7-minute animated movie.
|Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: New Legislation to Prevent Exposure|
July 21st, 2010
Today, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786), which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.
|Secret Chemicals Revealed in Celebrity Perfumes, Teen Body Sprays|
May 12th, 2010
A new analysis reveals that top-selling fragrance products contain chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety.
|Procter & Gamble to Reduce Toxic Chemical in Herbal Essences Shampoo|
March 12th, 2010
Procter & Gamble will reformulate 18 shampoos in its Herbal Essences line to reduce levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane, according to a preliminary agreement.
|Fragrance Chemicals Found in Infant Cord Blood|
December 2nd, 2009
Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group and Rachel’s Network have detected synthetic fragrance chemicals for the first time in the umbilical cord blood of U.S. newborns.
|Halloween Face Paints Contain Lead, Heavy Metals Linked to Skin Allergies|
October 27th, 2009
New product tests reveal that some children's face paints contain lead, which can impact brain development at extremely low doses, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.
|New Concerns Raised About Chemical in Leading Baby Shampoo|
September 22nd, 2009
A peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association raises fresh concerns that a chemical preservative used in America’s leading baby shampoo may be causing increased rates of allergic contact dermatitis.
|FDA Study: Lead Levels in Lipstick Much Higher than Previously Reported|
September 1st, 2009
A new study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found lead in lipstick at levels much higher than those detected by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) in a 2007 study that received international attention.
|Parents, Doctors, Nurses to Johnson & Johnson: Make Safer Baby Products|
May 26th, 2009
More than 40 organizations representing 1.7 million parents, health care providers and environmental health advocates delivered a letter today to Johnson & Johnson urging the company to remove toxic ingredients from its popular baby products.
|New Federal Legislation Targets Toxic Chemicals in Baby Bath Products|
April 29th, 2009
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has introduced the Safe Baby Products Act to protect little ones from hazardous contaminants in children's personal care products.
|Toxic Chemicals in Children's Bath Products Trigger International Outcry|
March 19th, 2009
The governments of China and Vietnam are conducting their own safety tests on some baby bath products found to be contaminated with formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.
|Children's Bath Products Contaminated with Formaldehyde, 1,4-Dioxane|
March 12th, 2009
Despite marketing claims like "gentle" and "pure," dozens of top-selling children's bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, according to product tests released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
|FDA Fails to Protect: Remains Silent About Lead in Lipstick |
February 9th, 2009
More than a year after we found lead in lipstick, the FDA has still not released the results of its own testing.
|New Product Tests Reveal Beauty Companies Are Removing Toxic Phthalates|
December 9th, 2008
Under pressure from consumer advocates and regulators, some leading beauty companies are using fewer toxic chemicals than they did a few years ago, according to new product tests released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
|Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Recognized for Corporate Campaign Successes|
October 22nd, 2008
The Business Ethics Network has awarded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics a Path to Victory Award, which recognizes innovative and creative approaches to holding corporations responsible for the negative effects of their business practices.
|Hormone-disrupting Cosmetics Chemicals Found in Teen Girls|
September 26th, 2008
Campaign partner the Environmental Working Group tested teen girls for common cosmetic chemicals in their bodies – and found 16.
|Beauty Industry Lobbies to Keep Lead in Lipstick|
June 26th, 2008
After passing the full California Senate, a bill to ban lead in lipstick was narrowly defeated in the Assembly Health Committee this week under intense lobby pressure from the cosmetics industry.
|Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Statement About California Proposition 65 Lawsuit on 1,4-dioxane Contamination|
June 18th, 2008
On May 29, the Attorney General’s Office in California filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of some of the contaminated brands for failing to provide a warning label on products as required by the state’s Proposition 65.
|California Senate Votes to Ban Lead in Lipstick|
June 5th, 2008
The California State Senate has approved the first bill in the nation that bans lead, a known neurotoxin, in lipstick. Senate Bill 1712, authored by State Sen. Carole Migden, passed the California Senate on a vote of 22-17 on May 29.
|Book About Toxic Beauty Products Wins Independent Publishing Award|
June 4th, 2008
"Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry" by Stacy Malkan, which tells the inside story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, received a 2008 Silver Medal IPPY in the category of Health/Medicine/Nutrition from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
|CVS Joins Retail Push for Non-toxic Personal Care Products|
May 7th, 2008
Responding to consumer and shareholder pressure, CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) will remove chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes from its house-branded products and will replace them with safer alternatives.
|Whole Foods Raises Bar for Natural Personal Care Products|
February 29th, 2008
In March, Whole Foods Market will introduce a new “Premium Body Care” seal that will help raise the bar for natural body care products. The new seal is the first private standard for personal care products created by a major retailer in the United States.
|Chemical Linked to Reproductive Harm Is Getting into Babies from Shampoo, Lotion and Powder, New Study Suggests|
February 4th, 2008
The use of powder, lotions and shampoo on infants markedly increased the levels of phthalates found in the babies’ urine, according to a new study by University of Washington researchers published today in the journal Pediatrics.
|SENS. KERRY, BOXER AND FEINSTEIN CALL ON FDA TO ESTABLISH MAXIMUM LEVEL FOR LEAD IN LIPSTICK|
December 3rd, 2007
Three U.S. Senators are urging the FDA to test a wide range of lipstick brands for the presence of lead and to limit lead in cosmetics.
|AVON, L’OREAL AND PROCTER & GAMBLE CHALLENGED OVER LACK OF COSMETICS SAFETY |
November 9th, 2007
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics took out a full page newspaper ad today that highlights concerns about the safety of chemical ingredients used in cosmetics products, and challenges major U.S. companies over their use of ingredients suspected to cause cancer or birth defects.
|L'OREAL: GET THE LEAD OUT|
October 18th, 2007
Women’s, health and environmental groups today called on L’Oreal to reformulate its lipsticks to remove lead.
|NEW PRODUCT TESTS FIND LEAD IN LIPSTICK|
October 11th, 2007
Toys made in China aren’t the only products laced with dangerous heavy metals: lipstick manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of American women also contains surprisingly high levels of lead, according to new product tests released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
|NEW BOOK EXPOSES THE UGLY SIDE OF THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY|
October 2nd, 2007
A new, just-off-the-presses book by Stacy Malkan – "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry" (New Society Publishers, October 2007), reveals the toxic truth about the personal care products used daily by women, men, teenagers and children.
|FDA, COSMETICS INDUSTRY LOCK OUT CONSUMER, PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS FROM MEETING|
September 26th, 2007
As FDA officials and the cosmetics industry prepared to huddle behind closed doors without input from outside groups to discuss "regulatory obstacles" between countries, Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a new investigation that found literally hundreds of cosmetics sold in the U.S. contain chemicals the industry itself has determined to be unsafe even when used as directed.
|SKIN DEEP 3.0 REVEALS INGREDIENTS IN 25,000 PRODUCTS|
May 15th, 2007
Most people think that the ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products are safety tested before they are sold. But there is no such requirement in federal law.
|LEADING NAIL POLISH MANUFACTURER REMOVES TOXIC INGREDIENTS|
March 29th, 2007
Facing pressure from consumers as well as health and environmental groups, top nail polish manufacturer OPI Products, Inc. announced that it has begun removing toluene, a hazardous solvent, from its products. This follows announcements from the company that it would no longer use dibutyl phthalate or formaldehyde.
|CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL FOUND IN CHILDREN'S BATH PRODUCTS |
February 8th, 2007
A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lenient recommended maximum.
|500 COSMETICS COMPANIES PLEDGE TO MAKE SAFER HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS|
January 25th, 2007
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that more than 500 cosmetics and body care products companies have promised to eliminate toxic ingredients from their products worldwide.
|NAIL POLISHES TO BECOME A LITTLE SAFER |
August 30th, 2006
Facing mounting criticism from consumers as well as health and environmental groups, three major nail polish manufacturers acknowledged this week that they have begun removing some chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects from their products.
|"MISS TREATMENT" AD TAKES THE SHINE OFF OPI NAIL POLISH |
June 22nd, 2006
Don’t hold your breath waiting for nail polishes with names like “I Didn’t Know Carcinogens Came in Coral” and “Formaldehyde Formal.” Although they may as well be sold on the beauty aisle.
|CONSUMERS PRESS OPI TO GIVE ITS NAIL POLISH A MAKEOVER |
April 19th, 2006
Women across the country are speaking out against a popular nail polish brand known for its wacky shade names such as “Blushingham Palace” and “I’m Not Really A Waitress.”
|GUSTER CONSCIOUSNESS TOUR ROCKS STUDENT ACTIVISTS |
April 18th, 2006
The Breast Cancer Fund has joined Clif Bar and LUNA in a coordinated effort to bridge two enduring interests of college students: social change and music. As part of their sponsorship of the Guster Campus Consciousness Tour, LUNA is helping concertgoers understand that what people put on their bodies is just as important as what they put in them.
|300 COSMETICS AND BODY CARE COMPANIES PLEDGE TO MAKE SAFER PRODUCTS |
March 28th, 2006
More than 300 cosmetics and body care products companies have promised to replace ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption and other negative health effects with safer alternatives.
|GOVERNOR SIGNS SAFE COSMETICS BILL|
October 8th, 2005
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics celebrates the victory of the California Safe Cosmetics bill — the nation's first state law on chemicals in cosmetics. Companies will now have to notify the state when they use chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.
|STUDY FINDS INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION BEGINS IN THE WOMB, HUNDREDS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS MEASURED IN NEWBORN BABIES|
July 14th, 2005
Not long ago, scientists believed that babies in the womb were largely protected from most toxic chemicals. A new study helps confirm an opposite view: that chemical exposure begins in the womb, as hundreds of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides are pumped back and forth from mother to baby through umbilical cord blood.
|CAMPAIGN RELEASES STATEMENT ON NEW STUDY THAT FINDS GENITAL ABNORMALITIES IN BOYS DUE TO PHTHALATES EXPOSURE|
May 27th, 2005
Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester, has released the results of the first human study linking phthalate exposure to birth defects in male babies.
|AVON CORPORATION VOTES DOWN RESOLUTION TO IMPROVE PRODUCT SAFETY|
May 21st, 2005
At Avon Corporation’s annual meeting in New York on May 5, shareholders asked the company to reformulate cosmetics products sold in the United States and other world markets to meet tougher European standards.
|MORE THAN 100 COSMETIC AND BODY CARE COMPANIES PLEDGE TO MAKE SAFER PRODUCTS |
May 5th, 2005
On the eve of Mother's Day, when many sons and daughters purchase cosmetics and personal care products as gifts for their moms, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports that 116 cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers have signed the "Compact for Safe Cosmetics," a pledge to replace hazardous ingredients with safer alternatives within three years.
|FDA FINDS CHEMICALS LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS IN TWO-THIRDS OF COSMETICS PRODUCTS
April 6th, 2005
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has learned that the FDA recently conducted a safety study of phthalates — a group of industrial chemicals linked to birth defects that are used in many cosmetics products — but is refusing to publicly release the study’s findings.
|COSMETIC INDUSTRY ON NOTICE: FDA ISSUES WARNING ON UNTESTED PRODUCTS|
March 7th, 2005
FDA calls industry's bluff on product safety. Acting on a petition filed June 14, 2004 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), on February 3, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration issued an unprecedented warning to the cosmetics industry stating that the Agency is serious about enforcing the law requiring companies to inform consumers that personal care products have not been safety tested.
|THREE LEADING COSMETICS COMPANIES CHANGE INGREDIENTS IN U.S. MARKET TO MEET NEW EUROPEAN SAFETY STANDARDS|
January 13th, 2005
In a telling example of how new European safety standards for cosmetics are affecting products sold on U.S. shelves, L’Oréal, Revlon and Unilever confirmed they have eliminated certain toxic chemicals from their products.
|USA TODAY AD NAMES BAD ACTOR COSMETICS COMPANIES|
September 24th, 2004
A full-page advertisement in USA Today challenges cosmetics companies to come clean about whether they plan to remove toxic chemicals that are banned in the European Union from products sold on American shelves. The advertisement was placed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of US health and environmental groups.
|NEW PRODUCT TESTS FINGER TOXIC LIPSTICKS |
July 15th, 2004
New product tests have found phthalates, which are known to cause birth defects in laboratory animals, for the first time in two popular brands of lipstick, Moon Drops Lipstick by Revlon and Lipfinity Paint by Max Factor.
|SKIN DEEP: ARE UNTESTED CHEMICALS HIDING IN YOUR MAKE-UP?|
June 7th, 2004
Most Americans assume cosmetics are studied and found safe before they are sold to the public. But thousands of personal care products are put on the market without any safety tests by the Food and Drug Administration.
|ARE CHEMICALS HIDING IN YOUR MAKEUP? |
June 7th, 2004
Most cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the U.S. contain chemicals that have never been assessed for safety, according to a computer-assisted investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
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