California unveils public website to expose harmful cosmetics (Inside Bay Area, 1/13/2014)

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Inside Bay Area reports on the California Safe Cosmetics Program's new website and searchable database. The database is part of a state law championed by the Breast Cancer Fund, and passed in 2005, that aims to expose products with potentially hazardous ingredients, and pressure manufacturers to reformulate makeup, soap, lotion and similar products with safer alternatives. 

Though the database represents a big step forward in pressuring companies to clean up their act, the current database reveals a wild-west situation where cosmetics companies can and are using a shocking array of unsafe and cancer-causing chemicals in seemingly innocent products.

Gretchen Lee Salter, senior program and policy manager at the Breast Cancer Fund, signaled caution in reference to the new program.

"This doesn't ban anything. This doesn't restrict anything…Ultimately our feeling is these products don't belong in cosmetics in the first place."

Read on in the full article. 

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