FDA counts on consumers to report adverse reactions to cosmetics

04/19/2011 | Palm Beach Post (Fla.), The

Women use an average of 12 beauty and personal hygiene products each day, with a total of 168 different ingredients, according to an Environmental Working Group research project. But most cosmetics, hair care products, moisturizers, sunscreens and similar products need not receive FDA approval before being sold. Manufacturers that claim their products are hypoallergenic need not conduct clinical studies to prove the claim. Consumers should notify the FDA if they experience adverse reactions after using a product, if the product smells bad or has an unusual color, or if the label is incomplete or inaccurate, FDA official Dr. Linda Katz said.

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