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The future of cosmetics in the United States may not be as safe as hoped. The Personal Care Products Council, which includes some of the world’s biggest cosmetic makers, has changed their mind on a cosmetic safety deal with the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, the cosmetic manufacturers under the PCPC are pushing for a single national standard, that would be more lax, and let some unsafe toxics and chemicals remain in some cosmetics at the discretion of the manufacturer.

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The rejection of the deal with the FDA may pull a tight regulatory plan for cosmetics content off the table. According to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the PCPC’s change of heart will prevent the cosmetic industry from gaining the credibility needed through having FDA regulations, to assure and maintain safe cosmetics in the United States market.

Some of the common chemicals in question are phthalates (found in nail polish and fragrance), formaldehyde releasers (found in shampoo and conditioners) and lead (found in children’s face-paints), which have been shown to affect reproductive health, mental development, and act as cancer causing carcinogens in studies.

As of now, the FDA has no regulatory control over cosmetics, and began talks with cosmetic industry leaders to extend its wings to include keeping tabs on cosmetic content.

Cosmetic industry leaders such as Revlon and L’Oréal have responded by saying that they have not rejected moving forward with the FDA, and that they are open to further talks and negotiations.

[Via the Wall Street Journal]