How safe are your health and
05:59 PM PDT on Monday, June
By JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News
A new report says one out of
every 100 products on the market today contains known or probable carcinogens. Industry leaders insist their cosmetics are
safe and pure, but critics are calling on the government to investigate.
Most people use about nine
health and beauty aids every day, but for the most part, the cosmetic industry polices itself. "We found ingredients in cosmetics
that do pose potential health risks. We found hundreds of products that contain carcinogens and reproductive toxins. We found
hundreds of products that may be misbranded and adulterated," said Jane Houlihan, Environmental Working Group.
The Environmental Working Group
discovered progesterone, lead and phthalates in lotions and nail polish, boric acid in acne and diaper creams, and coal tar
The Cosmetic, Fragrance and
Toiletries Association maintains its products are completely safe and made with high-quality ingredients.
But critics want the Food and
Drug Administration to learn what effect cosmetic chemicals absorbed through the skin may be having, even in low doses. "In
human urine, in breast milk, in tumor tissues, scientists are finding are finding surfactants, preservatives… commonly
used in personal-care products. These ingredients are ending up in our bodies," continued Houlihan.
No one is suggesting consumers
stop using that favorite lipstick or beauty potion, but green groups just want more safety tests and more oversight.