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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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hairdressers, nail technicians and other beauty salon workers face some of the greatest occupational exposures to toxic chemicals. A bill moving through the California Legislature would be the first in the nation to provide salon workers with the information about ingredients in the products they use daily.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Today Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest multinational manufacturers of consumer packaged goods, announced a new transparency initiative that  will provide additional details on fragrance chemicals used in its Johnson’s baby products.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

It’s been 80 years since Congress last voted to regulate cosmetics.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

On Tuesday, Kourtney Kardashian joined EWG President Ken Cook on Capitol Hill to brief reporters and congressional staffers about EWG’s #BeautyMadeBetter campaign.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Releases from chemical products, including ones we use every day in our homes, are as much a cause of air pollution as automobile emissions, according to a new study that has big implications for how airborne pollutants are regulated.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A rash of product recalls, government warning notices and contaminated cosmetics may finally push Congress to give our broken cosmetics law a makeover.

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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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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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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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