Resources for Reporters
|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.
|Minnesota Legislature Votes to Ban Formaldehyde in Children’s Soaps, Lotions
May 6th, 2013
Minnesota’s legislature took a giant step toward protecting children by banning formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, from children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths.
|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.
|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.
|Hundreds of lipsticks contaminated with lead, reports new FDA study|
February 7th, 2012
A new analysis of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals that the problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported.
|Toxic Hair Treatments: Lawsuits Settled on Brazilian Blowout; California Attorney General Suit Forces Hazard Warning|
January 30th, 2012
Health advocates are ramping up pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the keratin hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout from the marketplace in light of a legal settlement announced today in a California court against the company that makes the product.