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PCPC Publishes a Response to CSC Video
Posted: July 26, 2010
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Dezio explains, “Cosmetic companies are required by law to substantiate the safety of their products before they are marketed. Companies take this responsibility for safety substantiation very seriously. Safety substantiation of ingredients, either by manufacturers or raw material suppliers, is based on a rigorous scientific safety process that includes studies of closely related substances, utilizing computer modeling to predict potential toxicity, in vitro testing, and human product safety experiences."
The host of the video claims to have had her body tested for toxins to discover mercury, triclosan, lead and flame retardants. She then goes on to claim that babies are being prepolluted. To that end, the video claims that the cosmetic industry is not doing anything to ensure the safety of consumers. It notes that the FDA has banned 8 of 12,000 ingredients in cosmetics since 1938, furthering that the cosmetics industry is making the rules and deciding whether to follow them.
Dezio addresses these claims by noting, “Safety is determined on the basis of proven principles of risk assessment. There are four main components in science-based safety assessment that are well documented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Society of Toxicology and numerous government agencies around the world. Manufacturers consider these components—hazard identification, dose response, exposure assessment and risk characterization—in their safety assessments. During the safety assessment process, companies also consider exposure from other sources over the course of a person’s lifetime.
“Under the US Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it is a federal crime to market an unsafe cosmetic product in the United States. The marketing of an unsafe cosmetic product carries significant consequences. FDA has clear and abundant legal authority to regulate the safety of cosmetic products including authority to: ban or restrict ingredients for safety reasons, enter and inspect manufacturing facilities, issue warning letters, seize unsafe or misbranded products, prohibit unlawful activities, and prosecute and jail violators," Dezio adds.
The PCPC is hopeful that its initiative toward more FDA oversight of cosmetic ingredients will enhance existing regulatory to allow for the growth of the industry, innovations in R&D and scientific advancements.