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Tribute to Horst Rechelbacher, the Father of Safe Cosmetics, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund
February 20th, 2014
The founder of Aveda Corp. and Intelligent Nutrients dies at 72

New Study Finds Exposure to Toxic Phthalates in Decline; Consumer Demand for Safe Cosmetics a Factor
January 15th, 2014
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ advocacy campaigns have changed consumer and industry behavior

Revlon Threatens Legal Action in Attempt to Silence Consumers about Toxic Chemicals in its Cosmetics
November 1st, 2013
Over 45k Join Breast Cancer Survivors in Demanding Revlon Drop Cancer-Causing Chemicals from its Products

Revlon Under Fire for Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Makeup
October 25th, 2013
Women's and Breast Cancer Groups Join Forces to Demand Revlon Stop Putting Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cosmetics

Target Focuses Bull’s-eye on Chemicals in Products: Launches New Standard to Promote Ingredient Safety and Disclosure
October 16th, 2013
Consumer Demand for Safer Personal Care Products Driving Major Changes for Nation's Retailers

Walmart Will No Longer Sell Cosmetics, Cleaners, Made with Targeted List of Toxic Chemicals
September 12th, 2013
In a victory for consumers demanding safer products, national brands will be required to eliminate unsafe chemicals and disclose ingredients to the public

Procter & Gamble Eliminating Phthalates, Triclosan from Products Worldwide
September 4th, 2013
Due to public pressure and growing concerns about the safety of chemicals found in common cosmetics, household cleaners and fragranced products, Procter & Gamble (P&G) will achieve total elimination of the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

Shareholders Ask Avon to Ditch Toxic Cosmetics
April 30th, 2013
When Avon shareholders gather in New York City on May 2, they will consider a resolution calling on the company to substitute safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals used in their beauty products that have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious diseases.

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics, Shampoos, Targeted by Congress
March 21st, 2013
Today the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients, was introduced in Congress.

Tests reveal potentially toxic titanium dioxide in sunscreen and cosmetics
March 5th, 2013
Friends of the Earth revealed new testing results today that found many popular sunscreen and cosmetic products are using a potentially hazardous form of a common ingredient.

Who’s Naughty and Who’s Nice?
December 11th, 2012
When it comes to their commitment to cosmetics safety, some retailers are naughty and some are nice; some lead the market trend toward safer products and some lag behind.

Johnson & Johnson Makes Historic Commitment to Remove Cancer-Causing Chemicals
August 15th, 2012
Prompted by growing concerns raised by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), makers of Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, announced today that it will be removing carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from its baby and adult products globally.

Salon Workers Expose Ugly Side of Beauty Industry to Lawmakers
July 23rd, 2012
This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending upon D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace.

First-of-kind data find toxic chemical widespread in Canadian adults
Environmental Defence
May 16th, 2012
The first data on levels of the chemical triclosan were released today to reveal widespread body pollution in Canadian adults. Seven of eight people tested had the antibacterial chemical in their bodies—with levels higher than those toxic to fish and algae.

Sustained pressure by non-profits forces change in FDA nanotech policy
Friends of the Earth
May 3rd, 2012
Several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight issued a statement responding to recent steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that represent marginal progress toward regulation of products made with this new technology.

Industry-backed Cosmetics Safety Bill a Trojan Horse, Will Set Back Cosmetics Safety
April 23rd, 2012
Health and consumer groups denounced today the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012, introduced last week by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), as an affront to consumer and worker health.

Nail Polishes Test Positive for Toxic Chemicals Despite Label Claims
April 11th, 2012
California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control announced yesterday that some nail care products typically found in many of California’s estimated 48,000 nail salons and sold directly to consumers contain high levels of hazardous chemicals despite their labels claiming otherwise.

Industry Influence Dominates Historic Hearing on Toxic Cosmetics
March 28th, 2012
the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday convened the first Congressional hearing in 30 years on the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. The hearing was weighted in favor of industry, which represented four of the six witnesses called to testify before committee. No witnesses representing health impacted salon workers or consumers were called to testify.

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: Congress to Investigate Mercury, Lead, Formaldehyde Found in Many Body-Care Products
March 22nd, 2012
In the wake of recent scandals involving mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair products and lead in lipstick, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years. The hearing will take place March 27.

Obama Budget Calls for Increased FDA Oversight of Cosmetics Industry, Personal Care Products
February 28th, 2012
The Obama administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year calls for an additional $19 million in funding through user fees to enable the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to more effectively regulate cosmetics.

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