The government has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach the store shelf. Right now, the industry can use almost any ingredient or raw material in soap, shampoo or makeup without government review or approval. The industry's self-policing panel, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, hasn't bothered to evaluate more than half of the thousands of ingredients that companies put in their products and many consumers apply more than 100 different ingredients everyday.
According to EWG's research, 22 percent of all personal care products, including those made for children's use, may contain the cancer-causing contaminant 1,4-Dioxane, and more than half of all sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor. Other studies have raised serious concerns about lead in lipsticks, secret chemicals in fragrance and artificial preservatives in personal care products.
The U.S. government isn't doing its job in protecting us from these hazards. It's time for Congress to step up to the plate.
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Stand with EWG Action Fund today and sign this petition demanding that Congress take action and make sure that personal care products are safe for our families.