AirTalk for August 26, 2010

Whose lipstick is it, anyway? The hidden health costs of (toxic) cosmetics

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A model has eye make-up applied in preparation for The Royal College of Art Fashion Show on June 10, 2010 in London, England.

These days, health-conscious consumers are extremely careful about everything they put in their bodies – foods made with natural, organically grown ingredients, free of toxic chemicals, help us feel we’re doing the best we can for our health. But what about the products we spray, rub and lather on our bodies? Shampoos, deodorants, lotions and cosmetics, which may contain potentially carcinogenic ingredients, receive very little oversight by the FDA. A new bill introduced in Congress this year aims to give the FDA the power to regulate personal care products. Not surprisingly, the bill has received opposition by the industry, which is pumping separate – less intrusive – legislation. How much do you know about your shampoo? How much do you want to know?

Guests:

Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

John E. Bailey, Ph.D.¸ Chief Scientist, Personal Care Products Council


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