Friday, September 08, 2006

Chemicals linked to cancer removed from some nail polish lines

Three major nail polish manufacturers say they've either removed or have begun the process of removing a trio of substances that have been deemed harmful.The chemicals formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, have been linked to cancer and birth defects. All were banned earlier this year in cosmetics by European Union regulators but have not been targeted for removal in this country by the Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers, all with markets abroad, said Tuesday they have begun removing the compounds voluntarily under pressure from health and environmental advocacy organizations.Executives at Del Laboratories in Uniondale, manufacturer of Sally Hansen brand nail polish, say their products are being reformulated to eliminate all three substances. The Sally Hansen brand is sold worldwide and is the No. 1 nail polish brand sold in drugstores. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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