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State cosmetic database focused on chemicals falling short of mission

State cosmetic database focused on chemicals falling short of mission.

San Jose Mercury News

Februrary 12, 2014

Heather Somerville

A widely touted state program to give the public more information about harmful chemicals in cosmetics is falling short of its mission, hobbled by a lack of participation from the cosmetics industry, outdated information and a loophole that lets companies keep their ingredients secret.

Experts say the shortcomings of the California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database, which went online a month ago, reveal the challenges the state faces in trying to impose transparency on a national $60 billion industry that had been allowed to keep harmful ingredients off product labels.

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