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Study: Unsafe cosmetics may cause cancer
by Bay City News ServiceSan Jose Mercury News
December 12th, 2005
Several cosmetics and personal care products popular with teenagers contain ingredients linked to breast cancer and other serious health problems, according to Washington-based Environmental Working Group's recent study of beauty products.

Campaigning For Safe Cosmetics, Tougher FDA
by Joann KlimkiewiczThe Hartford Courant
December 6th, 2005
Everyday, we smear and spritz ourselves without a second thought. Eyes get rimmed in kohl liner, lips slicked in gloss. A dab of cologne on the neck, a dollop of body lotion on elbows and hands.

European Parliament OKs Rules on Chemical Safety
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
November 18th, 2005
The European Parliament on Thursday approved legislation requiring safety testing of thousands of compounds widely used in everyday products, endorsing a policy that would overhaul how the public was protected from toxic chemicals.

Security Guards: Cosmetic safety is goal of Quincy health group
by Jody FeinbergThe Patriot Ledger
November 15th, 2005
Sue Weber used to dye her hair, but now it’s a natural salt and pepper shade. She sparingly uses make up and nail polish. As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, Weber, 52, wants to avoid putting on her body substances that could be harmful.

Skin Deep: Is It Organic? Well, Maybe
by Jessica MerrillThe New York Times
October 20th, 2005
Hundreds of soaps, shampoos and skin creams call themselves organic, but their labels have long been confusing, even misleading. A moisturizing cream might be made with organic kiwi, strawberries, jojoba oil and aloe vera, but then mixed with synthetic preservatives. No government agency checked whether the ingredients were truly organic.

Is that mascara safe? Go online
by David GoldsteinKansas City Star
October 19th, 2005
Want to know what's in your face cream? You can look it up in a new online database, along with more than 14,000 other cosmetics and personal care products, to find out whether the ingredients could be hazardous to your health.

New law puts focus on cosmetics ingredients
by Elizabeth JardinaOakland Tribune
October 17th, 2005
The shampoo and makeup aisles at your favorite drug store may not reflect it, but there's controversy brewing among the neat cardboard boxes of hair dye and bottles of lotion.

From an Ingredient In Cosmetics, Toys, A Safety Concern
by Peter WaldmanWall Street Journal
October 4th, 2005
In the 12th week of a human pregnancy, the momentous event of gender formation begins, as X and Y chromosomes trigger biochemical reactions that shape male or female organs. Estrogens carry the process forward in girls, while in boys, male hormones called androgens do.

Citizens Advisers Releases Research Examining EU Rules for the Cosmetics Industry: What They Mean for U.S. Companies, Consumers and Shareholders
Business Wire Press release
October 3rd, 2005
Today, Citizens Advisers, Inc., announced the release of research examining the European Union (EU) legislation and existing U.S. regulations for the cosmetic industry, and what these mean for companies, consumers and shareholders.

Powder flies as backers, foes press positions on cosmetics bill
by Marjie LundstromSacramento Bee
September 29th, 2005
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no "girlie man" — just ask him — but he does wear makeup.

Cosmetics not regulated
by Karen D. Collins, staff writerAsbury Park Press
September 28th, 2005
The fountain of youth is really located in the aisle of your local grocery store — if you believe the advertisements.

Organic Beauty Products Get a Lift With USDA About-Face
by Roger Vincent, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
August 25th, 2005
Turns out there is such a thing as organic lip balm after all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reversed its decision to yank the "USDA Organic" seal from lotions and lip balms and will allow cosmetics to carry the prestigious round, green label.

Are our products our enemy?
by Elizabeth WeiseUSA Today
August 2nd, 2005
Like the glint of a knife in the dark, a laboratory accident in 1998 helped scientists realize that some chemicals commonly used to make life more convenient can be health hazards.

‘Is my baby a boy? Is it a girl?’ No one could tell me
by Steve BogganThe London Times
July 26th, 2005
The number of male babies born with reproductive disorders is rising rapidly, and some scientists blame a group of chemicals that are around us.

Levels of Risk: Common Industrial Chemicals In Tiny Doses Raise Health Issue
by Peter Waldman, Staff ReporterThe Wall Street Journal
July 25th, 2005
For years, scientists have struggled to explain rising rates of some cancers and childhood brain disorders. Something about modern living has driven a steady rise of certain maladies, from breast and prostate cancer to autism and learning disabilities.

Toxic elements found in infants' cord blood
by Christine Stapleton, Palm Beach Post Staff WriterPalm Beach Post
July 14th, 2005
In a benchmark study released today, researchers found an average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, including seven dangerous pesticides — some banned in the United States more than 30 years ago.

EPA Is Faulted as Failing to Shield Public From Toxins
by Marla Cone, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
July 13th, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect the public from tens of thousands of toxic compounds because it has not gathered data on the health risks of most industrial chemicals, according to a report by the investigative arm of Congress to be released today.

Should You Worry About the Chemicals in Your Makeup?
by LAUREL NAVERSEN GERAGHTYThe New York Times
July 7th, 2005
Not that you would notice from the color, thickness or shine, but nail polish is not what it used to be. Last year many nail polishes contained a little-known chemical that made the veneer more flexible and resistant to chipping. This year some of the biggest brands, including Revlon, Estée Lauder and L'Oréal, have taken that chemical out and replaced it with another ingredient meant to do the same thing.

What's organic anyway?
by LISA LIDDANEOrange County Register
June 26th, 2005
Lisa LaBarre has been filling up her shopping cart with organic food every week for more than two years. In the past six months, she has expanded the amount of organic products in her life, switching from regular skin- and body-care products to organic brands.

Activists call for safer cosmetics during Portsmouth visit
by MICHAEL GOOT, Portsmouth Bureau ChiefFoster's Daily Democrat
June 24th, 2005
Activists have spent the week lobbying for cosmetics to be made without harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.

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