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California bill would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 496 to ban the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to have an effect on human health.

EWG welcomes cosmetics law reforms in end-of-year spending bill

Congress today passed the first update since 1938 to the federal law regulating personal care products, with key cosmetics reform provisions included in must-pass end-of-year spending legislation...

Unilever spray shampoo tainted with cancer-causing benzene

Unilever is the latest company to issue a voluntary recall of aerosol personal care products because of elevated levels of benzene. Benzene contamination has led to similar product recalls by other...

Newsom signs law banning toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics in California

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that bans intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California.

California legislature sends to Gov. Newsom bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, the California Legislature passed a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California.

Leading industry consumer health expert joins EWG to head Healthy Living Science team

Homer Swei, Ph.D., a leading private sector research and development expert who most recently led Johnson & Johnson’s product stewardship program, has joined EWG as Senior Vice President of the...

National Academies urges EPA to evaluate ecological risks of sunscreen UV filters

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a new report is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the aquatic ecological risks from ultraviolet, or UV, filters and...

Edgewell recalls Banana Boat spray sunscreens after detecting cancer-causing benzene

On Sunday, the Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall of three batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in one of its popular sprays.

California Assembly approves bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California passed the state Assembly.

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or...

Dangerous levels of mercury found in skin creams sold on Amazon, eBay and other online retailers

A new report from the Zero Mercury Working Group finds almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers like Amazon...

New Amazon Aware line of beauty products are EWG VERIFIED™

This week, Amazon announced its new line of Amazon Aware consumer products, including a number of beauty products that have earned the Environmental Working Group's highly sought EWG VERIFIED™ mark.

Lilial and fertility: EU bans toxic fragrance ingredient from personal care products

On March 1, the European Union’s ban of the fragrance ingredient butylphenyl methylpropional, or lilial, went into effect.

California bill would ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 2771 to ban the sale in California of cosmetics and other personal care products containing the toxic “forever...

EWG study: UVA protection of most sunscreens only a quarter of touted SPF

Many sunscreens offer just a quarter of their stated SPF protection against ultraviolet A rays that increase the risk of skin cancer, a new Environmental Working Group study finds.

FDA bans lead-based neurotoxin from consumer hair dyes

The Food and Drug Administration today banned the use of toxic lead acetate in consumer hair dyes, a vital move to protect the public from hazardous chemicals.

Walmart’s Built for Better program highlights EWG VERIFIED™ products

Walmart launched Built for Better, an initiative to help consumers find healthier, more sustainable products. America’s largest retailer is featuring personal care products, cleaners and other items...

FDA says sunscreen concerns remain unaddressed, renews call for safety data

The Food and Drug Administration in a proposed order is again calling on sunscreen manufacturers to address what it says are lingering safety concerns about active ingredients in their products...

Johnson & Johnson detects cancer-causing benzene in some spray sunscreens

On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson announced it is voluntarily recalling 14 sunscreen products from five different products lines after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in some popular sunscreen...

Amazon highlights EWG VERIFIED™ products in Climate Pledge Friendly

The Environmental Working Group today is joining Amazon’s effort to fight the climate crisis by highlighting more sustainable products. The retailer is teaming up with EWG to feature cosmetics and...
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