Previously, I reported on dangerous lead levels in lipstick.
Now, according to research done in Canada, two other chemicals used in lipstick and other personal care products pose a significant threat to human health. The chemicals, known as D4 and D5 siloxanes, have been linked to uterine tumors and reproductive damage in various animals. In addition to being added to lipstick, the siloxanes are found in body lotion, hair care products, baby bottle nipples, cookware and home cleaning products. Because the chemicals persist in the environment and resist degrading, health officials worry they pose long-term risk to people and the planet.
As Canada moves forward to assess actions needed to reduce the use of these toxic chemicals under its Chemical Management Plan program, Environmental Working Group says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to publish a single study or assessment on D4 and D5 under their parallel program, the High Production Volume (HPV) chemical challenge.
Canada's findings "underscore the need for real reforms within the EPA's failed programs to regulate toxins in the U.S.," said Environmental Working Group VP for Research Jane Houlihan. "Congress and President Obama need to overhaul broken toxics laws, and establish a policy that forces the chemical companies to first prove their products are safe before being used."
Clearly, a new mindset is needed focusing on preventing hazards like this from occurring. EPA needs to expedite its process on regulating proven toxic chemicals like D4 and D5 siloxanes.
Just as importantly, the Obama Administration needs to adopt a "prevention agenda" to protect human health and the environment from toxic hazards – not just clean up after them.