WHAT THE FDA KNOWS ABOUT COSMETICS

Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients     The following is straight from the FDA’s” mouth”. You will find in my Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients( Crown Publishers), there are still harmful ingredients in what we put on our skin and a number of chemicals that should be banned. But the information below is appreciated.   What ingredients are…

 TALC AND CANCER—THE ENIGMA

  Regulatory agencies such as the FDA and the IRAC are not sure about the link between cancer and the mineral talc. Yet a Missouri jury awarded $72 million to a family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. She had used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for “feminine hygiene”…

A LONG TALE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

The meat and poultry industries are opposed to the antibiotic amendments. The meat and poultry industries are estimated to generate over $850 billion annually, which represents about 6% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The pharmaceutical industry is also opposed to increased regulation. Pharmaceutical companies agree with the meat producers and poultry producers that existing guidelines and regulations regarding drug approval and antibiotic use in farming are sufficient. A number of pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, Novartis, Pfizer, and Eli Lily and Company are members of the Animal Health Institute, which lobbies against legislation to restrict antibiotic use. The total lobbying expenditures of the Animal Health Institute over the past ten years range from $30,000 to $200,000 each year. While it is difficult to assess political power, many of the groups opposing the legislation have the money to protect their interests regarding the use of antibiotics in food production in the United States.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND COOL LABELLING?

I am frequently asked what I think about genetically modified food. I believe there is no easy answer because there are perils and great promise in understanding and manipulating genes. Consumers were generally disgusted when the publicity about researchers from the Netherlands who cooked some burgers made from a single cloned muscle cell Iit was…