Breast Cancer NGO Slams Fragrance Industry, Big Brands, Celebs, With ‘Secret Chemicals’ Report
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Nearly 80% of the “toxins” detected in the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ cosmetics analysis were fragrance chemicals undeclared (lawfully) on product labeling, according to the NGO, which seeks regulatory changes to mandate full ingredient disclosure. Industry is calling the report misinformation, but it’s garnering media attention and being cited by the sponsor of a new cosmetic reform bill in the House.
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