Consumer products hang in the balance as FDA and cosmetics industry feud – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2014



Written by

Charity Brown



Negotiations between the cosmetics industry and the Food and Drug Administration have collapsed. The goal was to revise regulations that date to 1938 and ensure the safety of various personal care products that cost Americans roughly $60 billion a year. The problem is:


Compared to its authority to oversee pharmaceuticals and foods, the FDA remains virtually toothless when it comes to regulating cosmetics. It has no power to review products before they go on the market. Companies do not have to list all of the ingredients in their products, and they do not have to register their manufacturing facilities with the government. They also are not required to report “adverse events,” making it difficult for regulators to spot potential problems.
— Brady Dennis, The Washington Post


And what exactly are those products? Here’s a list.







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Face


After-shave


Shaving cream


Pore strips


Pore minimizer


Lip balm


Anti-aging products


Acne treatments


Makeup remover


Makeup corrector


Dark spot corrector


Eye cream treatments


Facial mask


Facial moisturizer


Facial cleansers (astringent, soap, toner or exfoliating solutions)







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Mouth


Toothpaste


Mouthwash


Breath freshening products


Tooth whitening products







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Hair


Shampoo


Conditioner



Hair loss treatments


Hair gel or lotion


Hair dye or bleach


Hair foam or mousse


Relaxer or perm products


Chemical straightening treatments







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Babies


Baby oil


Baby lotion


Baby shampoo


Baby powder


Baby wipes


Diaper cream


Baby toothpaste


Baby bubble bath







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Makeup


Lip gloss


Lip liner


Lip plumper


Lipstick or matte


Concealer


Blush


Bronzer or highlighter


Mascara


Eye shadow


Eyeliner or pencil


Eye makeup remover


Eyebrow liner, powder or pencil


Eyelash glue, sealer or adhesive


Eyelash gel, conditioner, primer, enhancer or serum


Foundation (cream, liquid, powder, finish, matte or spray)







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Body


Lotion or skin moisturizer


Deodorant (spray, roll-on or stick)



Cologne, perfume or body spray


Essential oils


Body butter


Sunscreen


Tanning oil


Suntan lotion


Sunburn or after-sun products


Skin bleaching cream


Soap (bar or liquid)


Body wash or cleanser


Body scrub or exfoliating solutions


Body paint


Body art


Body or facial glitter


Body shimmer


Bath oil or salts


Bubble bath


Foot soap or cleansers


Foot moisturizers or creams


Hand soap or cleansers


Hand moisturizers or creams


Hand sanitizers


Nail polish


Nail polish remover


Nail or cuticle treatments


Pain relief products


Anti-fungal solutions


Wound treatments


Anti-itch creams



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