300% Rise in Cosmetics Complaints, Trump EPA Ignores Cancer-Linked Chemical in Personal Care Products

It’s a scary thought, but more reason than ever to get to know the skincare you buy, and what goes into it! –

A new Northwestern University study revealed that consumer complaints have more than doubled for cosmetic products from 2015 to 2016, highlighting problems with the under-regulated multibillion-dollar beauty industry.

In fact, cosmetics companies and manufacturers are not legally required to share complaints about its products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meaning potentially harmful products are on our shelves today.

“You can create a cream tonight and sell it tomorrow. You don’t need FDA approval for any of these kinds of things as long as it’s for cosmetic purposes,” Dr. Shuai Xu, an author of the report and resident physician in dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told ABC2 News.

Source: 300% Rise in Cosmetics Complaints, Trump EPA Ignores Cancer-Linked Chemical in Personal Care Products

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 | The Guardian

Wow! –

France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced. The announcement comes a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards, a decision hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century.

Source: France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 | Business | The Guardian

California Judge Rules Against Monsanto, Allows Cancer Warning on Roundup

One for consumer transparency! –

California is the first U.S. state to require Monsanto to label its blockbuster weed killer, Roundup, as a possible carcinogen, according to a ruling issued Friday by a California judge.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan previously issued a tentative ruling on Jan. 27 in Monsanto Company v. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, et al.Judge Kapetan formalized her ruling Friday against Monsanto, which will allow California to proceed with the process of listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65.

Source: California Judge Rules Against Monsanto, Allows Cancer Warning on Roundup

The Infuriating Reason Why Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Household Products | Mother Jones

The Infuriating Reason Why Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Household Products | Mother Jones

Why it pays to read those labels yourself! –

The Good: The update will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to begin sifting through a long list of these household and industrial compounds and rein in those that have been out of regulatory reach for far too long.”Most consumers expect EPA has the power to quickly review the most dangerous chemicals…The new bill fails to meet that expectation.”

The Bad: The update concentrates regulatory power at the federal level and prevents states from imposing extra regulations on a compound once the EPA begins reviewing it. This effectively sets a “ceiling” for public health protections, argues the US Public Interest Research Group. And that could be a problem, since state-led campaigns have been regulating toxic chemicals for decades. When BPA, a compound found in everything from pacifiers and sippy cups to medical supplies and food containers, was linked to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, it was state regulators who stepped in to police the chemical industry three years before the Food and Drug Administration announced its own restrictions.

Source: The Infuriating Reason Why Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Household Products | Mother Jones

US FDA bans chemicals in antibacterial hand soap over health concerns – ABC News 

US FDA bans chemicals in antibacterial hand soap over health concerns – ABC News 

Nothing beats good old soap and water! We prefer handmade Castile soap ourselves 🙂 –

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned several key chemicals in antibacterial hand soap, warning of health risks and saying they were not more effective than ordinary soap.

The FDA move took aim at 19 ingredients including the two most common, triclosan and triclocarban, which are widely included in liquid and bar antibacterial soaps despite fears they damage the immune system.”Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s drugs division, said.

Source: US FDA bans chemicals in antibacterial hand soap over health concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)