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Women's Voices press releases. To contact WVE's Communications Director, Beth Conway, email: bethc@womensvoices.org

Press Releases

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: Congress to Investigate

Mercury, Lead, Formaldehyde Found in Many Body-Care Products Congressional Hearing March 27 with Energy & Commerce Committee For Immediate Release: March 22, 2011 Contact: Stacy Malkan, 202-321-6963, stacy@safecosmetics.org Stephenie Hendricks, stephdh@earthlink.net Shannon Coughlin, 415-346-8223 x14, scoughlin@breastcancerfund.org (Washington, DC) In the wake of recent scandals involving mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair products and lead in lipstick, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years. The hearing will take place March 27. “It’s time for Congress to overhaul the 1938 cosmetic regulations that are utterly failing to...
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Toxics Linked to Hormone Disruption and Asthma Found In Consumer Products

New Peer Reviewed Study Analyzed Broadest Range of Products Ever Tested Public Health Advocates Support Full Ingredient Labeling and New Safety Rules For immediate release: March 8th, 2012 BOSTON – Toxic chemicals linked to the rising rates of endocrine disruption related disease on the rise were found in a broad array of consumer products and reported in a peer reviewed article in Environmental Health Perspectives today. The Silent Spring Institute tested 213 consumer products, including cleaning products, cosmetics, sunscreens, shower curtains, air fresheners, drier sheets, and other household goods made by Colgate, Unilever, S.C. Johnson, Johnson and Johnson, Procter &...
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Hundreds of Lipsticks Contaminated with Lead, Reports New FDA Study

Levels up to twice as high as previously reported; L’Oreal worst offender For Immediate Release: February 7th, 2012 (Washington, DC) — A new analysis of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals that the problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported. The new study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested by the agency, at widely varying levels of up to 7.19 parts per million (ppm) — more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study. Yesterday, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent FDA a letter asking them...
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SC Johnson Becomes First Mainstream Company to List Ingredients On All Cleaning Product Labels

Date: Jan. 31, 2012 RACINE, Wis. – In an unprecedented move, SC Johnson & Son has become the first major cleaning product manufacturer to announce that it will disclose ingredients in cleaning products directly on the label. Beginning later this year, consumers will start to see all ingredients, except fragrances, on the product’s label. SC Johnson, makers of Windex®, Glade® and Pledge®, has said their goal is to help families learn more about the ingredients that are in the products they use in their homes every day. “We want all of our ingredients to be transparent, so consumers can make...
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Toxic Hair Treatments: Lawsuits Settled on Brazilian Blowout; California Attorney General Suit Forces Hazard Warning

Products cause dangerous exposure to carcinogenic formaldehyde For immediate release: January 30, 2012 Los Angeles—Health advocates are ramping up pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the keratin hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout from the marketplace in light of a legal settlement announced today in a California court against the company that makes the product. The manufacturers of Brazilian Blowout and Acai Professional Smoothing Solution must cease deceptive advertising practices and put caution stickers on their products advising users that the product releases formaldehyde gas, according to the settlement agreement with California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office. The...
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