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American families assume personal care products on the market today have been tested by the federal government. Unfortunately, the personal care products industry remains largely unregulated. The FDA does not even require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used.  While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited authority to regulate cosmetics, our current laws leave them powerless to screen for chemicals that have been linked to cancer, harm to the reproductive system in both men and women, and severe allergies, among other health effects. The federal law designed to ensure that personal care products are safe has remained largely unchanged since 1938.

Americans have waited far too long for cosmetic safety reform. The Personal Care Products Safety Act would reform regulation of personal care products, requiring companies to ensure that their products are safe before marketing them and giving FDA the tools it needs to protect the public.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Today EWG praised legislation introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., that would mandate warnings for cosmetics marketed to children that might contain asbestos.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today Rep.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

EWG News Roundup (1/19): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

EWG urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California's attorney general today to stop Rodan + Fields from making misleading claims about benzophenone, a chemical that has been linked to cancer. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

EWG urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California's attorney general today to stop Rodan + Fields from making misleading claims about benzophenone, a chemical that has been linked to cancer. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

EWG sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to stop Rodan + Fields from making misleading claims about harmful ingredients in its products.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

EWG sent a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urging the state to stop Rodan + Fields from making misleading claims about harmful ingredients in its products.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EWG sent a letter to CVS praising its new truth in advertising initiative for cosmetic products. The letter, also sent by mail, was penned following CVS’s announcement.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CVS Pharmacy will work to eliminate airbrushed images of models used to sell cosmetics from its stores, it announced Monday. It is “yet another bold decision” by the company and should be applauded by consumers, said Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Marketing claims about the source, safety and effectiveness of personal care products and their ingredients often aren’t worth the labels they’re printed on.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

EWG VERIFIEDTM is working with companies to raise the bar and give consumers personal care products that are better for your health. Find our EWG VERIFIEDTM products in the Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

EWG's Nneka Leiba discusses the safety of cosmetic and personal care products, some of the worst ingredients commonly used and tools EWG has to make it easier for consumers to find healthier cosmetics.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Each month millions of Americans wait impatiently for curated makeup and beauty boxes to be delivered to their doorsteps. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Before he became President Trump’s nominee to oversee the nation's chemical safety, Michael Dourson sought to dramatically weaken the safety standard for 1,4-dioxane, a chemical linked to cancer that is found in personal care products.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest maker of both household cleaning and personal care products, announced Wednesday the most sweeping fragrance ingredient transparency initiative to date, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Women of color use more beauty products and are disproportionately exposed to worrisome chemicals compared to white women, according to a new study.
 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A ridiculous and completely unofficial website that tracks made-up holidays says Monday is Brazilian Blowout Day. The National Day Calendar suggests you celebrate by going to a hair salon for a blowout. I sure hope you don’t.
 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has failed to act on dangerous hair straighteners that contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde and pose a significant health hazard to consumers and salon workers, the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth allege in a motion filed July 28 in federal district court.
 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

According to a New York Times story published today [link], contaminants such as mercury, lead and bacteria, and other banned ingredients, are showing up in an alarming number of imported personal care products.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

I’m a big fan of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," so when Kim Kardashian West launched her new beauty line, I was eager to buy her Crème Contour and Highlight Kit. Expecting the kits to sell out in a matter of minutes, I ordered mine exactly one minute after it went on sale in her online store.

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