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EU, U.S. will share safety data on cosmetics

Monday, July 9, 2007

Ever wonder about the safety of your imported cosmetics?

Last week, the United States and the European Union agreed to trade information on safety of cosmetics. The agreement is planned in hopes of improving trade in cosmetics. According to this Wall Street Journal article,

“Health standards for a significant number of products are at stake -- about 3 billion euros worth of cosmetics are exported to the U.S. from the EU each year, and 1.5 billion euros travel the other way.”

Besides helping trade, the new agreement will also help sharing public
health information about the products on market. Maybe this is a first step
in making U.S. cosmetics safer? To read about EWG’s cosmetics
investigations, check out our Skin Deep database.

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