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Without review or approval - Newsletter from EWG

Dear readers,

Have you ever counted how many cosmetics or personal care products you use in a day? Chances are it's about 10. And those products aren't required to be tested for safety before going onto shelves. That's almost 126 unique ingredients you use everyday that the government can't guarantee are safe.

Congress introduced a bill last week, The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R. 5786), that could change all that. It would expand the regulation of ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, like allowing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit the use of dangerous ingredients.

Congress needs to know that you think this legislation is important. EWG is the leader in researching personal care product safety. Will you stand with us and pledge your support today?

Click here to pledge your support for the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.

Manufacturers may use almost any ingredient or raw material in your soap, shampoo or makeup without government review or approval. According to EWG's research, 22 percent of all personal care products, including children's products, may contain a cancer-causing ingredient, 1,4-Dioxane, and 60 percent of sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor. Other studies have raised alarms about lead in lipstick, secret chemicals in fragrance and preservatives in personal care products.

It's time that the FDA has the authority to regulate ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. From prohibiting the use of certain ingredients, including carcinogens and reproductive and developmental toxins, to recalling products that fail to meet safety standards and requiring product labels to name each ingredient, the FDA will be better able to ensure that what you're buying is safe for you and your family.

You have the right to know what you are putting on your face, hair, and skin. And you should feel safe buying any product allowed on store shelves. Tell Congress we need action on the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.

Click here to let Congress know that you want reform. Pledge your support for the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 today!

It's time for the FDA to be able to hold the personal care products industry accountable. Thank you for supporting the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.

Together we are stronger,

Ken Cook
President, EWG Action Fund

P.S. While the government is getting around to protecting you and your family, check out the safety of your personal care products at EWG's Skin Deep Database