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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.