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For Immediate Release: June 7th, 2004
Contact:  Nick Guroff (NET) 415-786-1868, Erin Malec (TBCF), 415-346-8223 x14, Rebecca Farmer (BCA) 415-243-9301, Lauren Sucher (EWG) 202-667-6982


New Guide To Chemicals in Beauty Products, A Call To Action For California Legislature

San Francisco, CA - Most Americans assume cosmetics are studied and found safe before they are sold to the public. But thousands of personal care products are put on the market without any safety tests by the Food and Drug Administration.

Now, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation finds that almost 7,500 personal care products including hair dye, lotions and shaving gels contain untested chemicals. Because of the lack of testing requirements, little is known about the health effects of repeated exposures to small doses of untested chemicals over a consumer's lifetime.

On Monday, June 7, EWG will release Skin Deep, a free online database that lets consumers find out what chemicals are in the cosmetics they use, at a San Francisco press conference and community forum event held that evening.  Joining EWG are a coalition of over 50 California health, labor, small businesses and environmental groups who are committed to insuring strong new consumer and worker protections for cosmetics sold in the Golden State.  Legislation is expected to be introduced in the California Legislature in response to the report


Sonya Lunder, Analyst, Environmental Working Group
Barbara Brenner, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action
…and representatives from local women's, labor, and health organizations.

WHERE: The Women's Foundation of California
      340 Pine Street, Suite 302 in San Francisco

WHEN:  Monday, June 7th at 10:00am

VISUALS:  Cosmetic products that contain problem chemicals side-by-side with safe alternatives.



Hosted by The Breast Cancer Fund
Moderator: Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, CODE PINK
Speakers: Sophie Maxwell, San Francisco Supervisor
Felecia Eaves, National Black Environmental Justice Network
Jane Houlihan, Vice President for Research, Environmental Working Group
Jenefer Palmer, Founder & President, OSEA International

WHERE: The Women's Building 
    3543 18th Street at Valencia Street, San Francisco

WHEN: Monday, June 7th from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

BACKGROUND:  Visit www.safecosmetics.org/ and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org for background on the issue. Visit http://www.safecosmetics.org/events.cfm to learn more about the forum.

Founding 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.