Scented lotion, perfume, shampoo... how many personal care products do you use a day? Those sweet scents typically come from synthetic chemicals. The reality is most American teenagers use 12 products a day. What's the big deal? Why should you read the label?
A consumer advocacy group is concerned that cosmetics and personal care products are exposing Americans to many harmful chemicals.
The Food and Drug Administration does not require cosmetic companies to test the chemicals in their products for safety.
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, research based consumer advocacy group, testified before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The consumer group supports proposed legislation that would strengthen U.S. cosmetics laws for the first time in decades. EWG calls the current situation "inadequate to protect public health."
Under this system, EWG said, FDA cannot:
- Require companies to test cosmetic products for safety before marketing.
- Regulate cosmetic products until after they are released to the marketplace.
- Require product recalls; but must go to court to remove misbranded and adulterated products from the market
- Require manufacturers to register their cosmetic establishments, file data on ingredients, or report cosmetic-related injuries.
The proposed legislation would require cosmetic companies to register their chemicals with the FDA, require cosmetic companies to report serious adverse reactions and require good manufacturing practicies.
You can check some of the chemicals in your cosmetics by clicking here.
The Environmental Working Group compares the ingredients in more than 29,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases.