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Corporations’ ‘Trade Secrets’ Trump Public Health.

Corporations’ ‘Trade Secrets’ Trump Public Health.

Common Dreams

January 31, 2014

Andrea Germanos

New database created to let consumers know if personal care products contain carcinogens, but ‘trade secrets’ claim lets companies skirt transparency.

Corporate power seems to be thwarting the public’s right to know if the personal care products they use contain potentially harmful ingredients. Selsun Blue is one of the products that lists trade secret for an ingredient. As a result of the California Safe Cosmetics Act, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this month rolled out a searchable database through which consumers could see if their personal care products contain carcinogens or reproductive toxins.

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