What's New from the California Safe Cosmetics Program
Multilingual fact sheets on mercury in skin-lightening creams
Dangerous levels of mercury have been found in several skin-lightening creams from San Francisco Bay Area stores. The effort to find out if dangerous products are sold in California was a collaboration involving the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) and the Food and Drug Branch (FDB).
For more information on mercury poisoning and how to choose a safer skin-lightening cream, view the CDPH warning on dangerous skin-lightening creams found in SF Bay Area stores (PDF) ... Chinese ... Spanish ... Tagalog ... Vietnamese
CSCP launches searchable cosmetic product database
The California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) collects data from cosmetic companies on products that contain a chemical ingredient known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Website visitors can now search the CSCP database for specific products, brand names, or chemical ingredients. The new website also has useful information for workers and consumers who use cosmetics about how exposure to chemicals can affect health.
Visit the CSCP searchable cosmetic product database
CDPH warns consumers of health risks associated with certain skin-lightening creams
The Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) collaborated with the Food and Drug Branch (FDB) in an investigation that led to the discovery of high mercury levels in certain skin lightening creams.
View the CDPH News Release on skin-lightening creams (PDF) ... Spanish
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Updated List of Chemicals Known or Suspected to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity
The California Safe Cosmetics Program has released an updated list of Chemicals Known or Suspected to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity to include new chemicals identified by California Proposition 65 and other authoritative bodies. The format of the list has been changed to facilitate identification of chemical synonyms and the authoritative bodies on which the information for each chemical is based.
View the CSCP chemical guidance list - August 2013 (PDF) ... Spanish ... Vietnamese
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