Should we count on companies to protect us from toxic chemicals? (Huffington Post, 1/9/2014)


In her latest Huffington Post piece Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo discusses the conundrum we face as a society as huge corporations fill  gaps our federal government's failures have left behind. In 2013 retail and manufacturing giants — including Walmart, Target, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson – began to abandon toxic chemicals in personal care and other products in favor of safer ingredients. This represents a market shift and a direct response to a "groundswell of consumer demand spurred by groups like the Breast Cancer Fund, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and many others.

"But peek behind this story of voluntary corporate action and you'll see a federal system that is failing to protect the public from toxic chemicals in our everyday products; a government so stymied that its work on chemicals management has been easily eclipsed by a handful of companies making a few corporate policy changes."

In the end, Rizzo argues, we can't rely on companies to voluntarily make the kind of transformative changes we need to ensure our everyday products are free of chemicals linked to disease. 

Read on in the full post.


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