Posts Tagged ‘EWG’

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE FDA FOR FORMALDEHYDE USE

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Women’s Voices for the Earth allege that the Food and Drug Administration has failed to act on dangerous hair straighteners which contain unsafe levels of  formaldehyde, in a motion filed July 28th in federal district court.  This is an addendum to the groups’ lawsuit against the FDA for its failure to act on a six-year-old petition requesting an investigation into popular hair smoothing treatments that are still sold in stores and salons. These straighteners – often known as keratin treatments or by the name of one prominent brand, Brazilian Blowout – contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and potent allergen.

“The FDA has failed to protect stylists and consumers from exposure to formaldehyde,” said Melanie Benesh, a legislative attorney at EWG. “Since at least 2008, the agency has known about the health hazards associated with these hair straightening products and done nothing. Despite the complaints, the FDA has yet to take action to regulate these products.”  High levels of formaldehyde make many keratin hair straightening treatments a serious health threat for both clients and salon workers. These treatments involve liquids applied to hair, which are then heated using blow dryers and straightening irons. The high temperatures of these hair styling tools cause the liquids to release formaldehyde into the air. (more…)

EWG: GIVE SOME & GET SOME!

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The non-profit and non-partisan, Environmental Working Group (EWG) is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Its in-depth research has uncovered everything from potential hormone disruptors to carcinogens in popular sunscreens, cleaning products, water supplies, and foods. Choosing a sunscreen can be hard, but with EWG’s latest Sun Sampler Pack, you can test-drive nine sun safety products – from top brands including Juice Beauty, Goddess Garden, Suntegrity and more – so you know what works best for you and your family.  You can’t get this unique collection of products together anywhere else, and all nine samples can be yours with a donation of just $40 or more today! But supplies are limited, and just like the last pack, this one is sure to sell out fast – don’t wait!

ACTRESS ACTIVIST: GWYNETH PALTROW

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Multi-hyphenate, Gwyneth Paltrow, is known for her clean-living philosophy and lifestyle brand, Goop.  Now the actress is adding activist to her long list of achievements.  Reaching out to Environmental Working Group (EWG) subscribers, Paltrow shared her concerns over the lack of regulations in the safety of cosmetics and other personal care products.  “Right now, cosmetics companies are allowed to put nearly any chemical into personal care products sold in the US – even known carcinogens! – without any safety testing and without disclosing all the chemicals on labels,” she explained, urging readers to reach out to their representatives to support  the Personal Care Products Safety Act.

The bipartisan bill is being proposed by Senators Dianne Feinsten (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to modernize the regulatory process and establish a safety review process for ingredients in personal care products.  Companies would register and be required to report when products cause harm to someone’s health. The FDA would also have the authority to recall dangerous products if companies won’t do it voluntarily. “These are all straightforward, common sense proposals – and they are long overdue,” Paltrow added.