|For Immediate Release: November 9th, 2007|
|Contact: || ||Stacy Malkan, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (510) 848-5343 x105, Kevin Donegan, Breast Cancer Fund (415) 346-8223 x14|
AVON, L’OREAL AND PROCTER & GAMBLE CHALLENGED OVER LACK OF COSMETICS SAFETY
Full Page USA Today Ad Highlights an Untested, Unregulated Cosmetics Industry
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics took out a full page newspaper ad today
that highlights concerns about the safety of chemical ingredients used
in cosmetics products, and challenges major U.S. companies over their use of ingredients suspected to cause cancer or birth defects.
The ad, running in East Coast editions of
USA Today, depicts a man and a woman in an intimate situation. The man
says, “Don’t worry, I’m 11% tested.” The ad continues, “Don’t trust
these odds? Then you should know: only 11% of the 10,500 chemicals in
your cosmetics have been screened for safety.”
Eighty nine percent of the 10,500
ingredients FDA has determined are used in personal care products have
never been evaluated for safety by the FDA, the industry-funded
Cosmetics Industry Review panel or any other publicly-accountable
The absence of government oversight for
this $35 billion industry leads to companies routinely marketing
products with ingredients that are poorly studied, not studied at all,
or worse, known to pose potentially serious health risks such as birth
defects or cancer.
The ad asks readers to tell Avon,
L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble to join the nearly 200 cosmetics
companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to
remove dangerous and untested chemicals from their products. The ad
also urges readers to tell the FDA that chemicals should not be allowed
in cosmetics products without first being assessed for safety.
Today, the Health & Beauty America conference, a major cosmetics industry expo, begins at the JacobK.JavitsConvention Center in New York. Industry representatives from across the country are expected to attend.
members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Alliance for a
Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal,
Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast
Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network,
National Environmental Trust and Women's Voices for the Earth.
For more information and background on the campaign, see www.SafeCosmetics.org.