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ACSH’s 2011 “Unfounded Scares” List Includes Sunscreen, Fragrance

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The American Council on Science and Health names several items that are or are in personal-care products to its annual list of “Unfounded Health Scares.” Substance dosage and animal testing’s relevancy to human health effects were two common factors characteristic of many of the year’s scares.

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