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Possible warnings for cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration may require cosmetics and personal care products to include a warning label stating “The safety of this product has not been determined”—if it finds the products contain ingredients whose safety has not been proven or determined.

The agency advised the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of its intentions, in response to a petition from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental watchdog group. According to EWG, the warning label could affect 99% of the personal care products on the market, including mascara, liquid hand soap, and hair dye.

FDA generally relies on evaluations done by an independent panel of experts appointed by the cosmetics industry. But EWG said the panel has reviewed only 11% of the 10귔 cosmetic ingredients recorded by FDA. Cosmetics manufacturers say that extensive testing is done on their products and they are safe.

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