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AOLNews: How Safe Are Cosmetic? New Bill Wants To Find Out
July 21, 2010, 10:18 am
Filed under: News

Andrew Schneider, Senior Public Health Correspondent

AOL News (July 21) — Most American use about 10 personal care products each day. The toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, baby powder and other things that we routinely douse or slather on our bodies expose us to at least 100 different chemicals. Many of these, public health experts say, have been linked to adverse health effects like cancer, birth defects and learning disabilities.

There is nothing that the Food and Drug Administration can legally do about it.

But that may begin to change later today after two Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Jan Schakowsky from Illinois and Edward Markey from Massachusetts — introduce the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. If passed, it will be the first meaningful effort to give the FDA the teeth, tools and mandate to protect consumers from harmful products that are used by almost everyone.

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