How safe are cosmetics? New bill wants to find out (AOL News, 7/21/2010)

“Most people assume the FDA regulates cosmetics the same way it does food and drugs to ensure they are safe. In reality, cosmetics are one of the least-regulated consumer products on the market today.”

The ugly side of beauty, some cosmetics can be toxic (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/20/2010)

“Much like the tobacco industry, which denied for years the mounting body of evidence that smoking caused cancer and emphysema, the global $300 billion cosmetics industry argues that toxic ingredients are absorbed in such small amounts they have no dangerous effect.”

More good news: House introduces toxic chemicals overhaul bill

Yesterday Reps. Rush and Waxman introduced the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives. The proposed law would protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals.

The Story of Cosmetics launches — and Congress takes action

This could go down as one of the biggest days in the history of cosmetics safety in the U.S. Today we launched The Story of Cosmetics, and Congress acted to get toxic chemicals out of cosmetics.

Walking away from kids’ health: Legislators duck vote on bill to ban chemical from baby products (San Francisco Chronicle, 7/1/2010)

Check out this powerful editorial (excerpted below) that calls out the 13 California Assembly members who abstained from voting in support of the Breast Cancer Fund-sponsored BPA bill. It’s up for a final vote today.

Lobbyist “fear tactics” to fight BPA ban seem to be working (California Watch, 6/22/10)

The chemical and pharmaceutical lobbyists are at it again, and this time, the California bill that would ban the synthetic hormone bisphenol A, or BPA, from baby bottles and infant food containers hangs in the balance. Investigative journalist Christina Jewett explains…

The Plastic Panic (The New Yorker, 5/31/10)

In The Plastic Panic, an expansive article this week in The New Yorker, Jerome Groopman writes that BPA “may be among the world’s most vilified chemicals.” So why are federal regulators still undecided about whether to ban it in food packaging?