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Your Call: How safe are cosmetics products?


On the April 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on toxic chemicals by discussing the safety and regulation of the $71 billion cosmetics industry.

Even though the average woman uses 12 personal care products and cosmetics a day containing 168 chemicals, the last time the US passed a cosmetics law was in 1938. Why are cosmetics one of the least regulated products on the market today? What would real cosmetics reform look like? Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Janet Nudelman, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and director of program and policy at the Breast Cancer Fund

Ami Zota, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

Web Resources:

Campaign for Safe Cosmetic

Bloomberg News:  Johnson & Johnson Has a Baby Powder Problem

Ami Zota: The Common and Great Risks of Cosmetics

Washington Post: FDA official says cosmetics industry is trying to undercut government regulations