The Impact of Junk Science on R&D: A Review of the 'Dirty Dozen'

Last spring, the David Suzuki Foundation, an environment conservation group based in Vancouver, published a report online describing what it called the “dirty dozen” cosmetic ingredients consumers should avoid.1 The group went so far as to provide a downloadable pocket guide of the 12 ingredients for consumers to use when they shop to avoid purchasing products containing these ingredients. Normally this column would not cover the faulty and misleading junk science of non-governmental organizations (NGOs); however, with current political activity in the US Congress, i.e. the introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, the industry should be aware of what it is facing.

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