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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.

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...

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 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...

Only 25 percent of sunscreens offer adequate protection, no worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 15th annual Guide to Sunscreens. This year, EWG researchers rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,800 products that advertise sun protection –...

Three-Fourths of Sunscreen Products Offer Inferior Protection or Contain Worrisome Ingredients

As states reopen and Americans leave their homes to venture outside, it's important for them to remember to protect their skin from the sun's harmful rays. Today the Environmental Working Group...

Two-Thirds of Sunscreen Products Offer Inferior Protection or Contain Worrisome Ingredients

Today EWG released its 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1300 SPF products, including sunscreens, daily moisturizers and lip balms with SPF values. EWG...

FDA’s Proposed Sunscreen Regulations Would Be Major Win for Public Health

The Food and Drug Administration today released a proposal for updated sunscreen regulations – a big step toward cleaning up a largely unregulated industry with much-needed reforms that would better...

Two-Thirds of Sunscreen Products Offer Poor Protection or Have Worrisome Ingredients

Today, just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Environmental Working Group released its 12th annual Guide to Sunscreens, rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,000 sunscreens, moisturizers and...

Hawaii to Ban 2 Toxic Sunscreen Ingredients to Protect Fragile Coral Reefs

On Tuesday, the Hawaii state legislature passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.

EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

Just in time for summer, EWG released its 2017 Guide to Sunscreens today, which found that almost three-fourths of the products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection, or have ingredients that...

EWG to FDA: Investigate Practices Used to Boost SPF Values

EWG urged the federal Food and Drug Administration today to investigate whether certain ingredients used in sunscreens to boost SPF values are masking sunburn, the body's main warning sign of skin...

EWG Releases 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

Almost three-fourths of the 750 sunscreens evaluated for EWG's annual Guide to Sunscreens, released today, offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone...

More Than 1.2 Million Visits and Counting to EWG’s 2015 Sunscreens Guide

Consumers are demanding more information about the sun protection products they are using and the chemicals they are putting on their bodies, as evidenced by the overwhelming response to EWG's 2015...

Sunscreen Bill Heads to President’s Desk

EWG applauds Congress for passing a bill that will give Americans better protection from the sun's harmful UV radiation and greater access to safe and effective sunscreens.

Senate Committee Moves Bill To Bring New Sunscreens to U.S. Market

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today approved a bill that could bring new and effective sunscreen ingredients to the U.S. market and help reduce the rate of skin cancer.

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