You bet your ass they are. Well…that’s according to US NGO, the Environmental Working Group. The group has published research, revealing that 478 cosmetic products sold in the US contain doses of toxic chemicals which are unsafe, even when used as directed on the bottle! These would simply not be allowed in Canada, Japan or the EU.
23,000 beauty products were tested and 751 failed to meet one or more US government safety standard. Large quantities of formaldehyde, selenium, hydrogen peroxide and lead acetate were found.
Environmental Graffiti has discovered this week, that the Environmental Working Group has been banned from a US Food and Drugs administration meeting, discussing the international trade of cosmetics. Coincidence? The FDA, unsurprisingly say so – they want an ‘industry association-regulator dialogue.’
Richard Wiles Executive Director of NGO however, is not a happy bunny. According to the Ecologist magazine:
He has written to the FDA saying that his group and others qualify as ‘interested parties’ and ‘other stakeholders’ which should have been consulted. Wiles claims that the FDA has gone against its own guidelines in excluding non-profits groups from the meeting.
Janet Nudelman, coordinaor of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, described the action as ‘an outrage’.
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