Presence of Lead, Other Chemicals in Cosmetics Poses Concerns

Presence of Lead, Other Chemicals in Cosmetics Poses Concerns

March 27, 2012
Originally published in The Commercial Appeal

From Barbara Bradley's article in The Commercial Appeal:

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy group headquartered in Washington, posts some hair-raising information on its cosmetics safety database, ewg.org/skindeep, which examines nearly 70,000 ingredients and specific products.

Some counter that the EWG and its partner, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics," a coalition effort, are fringe groups pushing an anti-chemical agenda to the detriment of public safety. Preservatives, for example, are used in very small quantities and prevent buildup of dangerous bacteria, argues the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to free enterprise.