With summer in full-swing, sunscreen usage is now a daily must routine. But before you put it on or purchase it, you may want to read the following breaking news issued by Environmental Working Group about the FDA new position on sunscreen protection. Following is a letter I received today citing the latest breaking news on FDA’s new ruling on sunscreen protection.
We did it — and it’s all thanks to you.
The Food and Drug Administration delivered the news this morning — the federal government’s new rules for sunscreen protection.
This is a victory for EWG Action Fund and our supporters. You and nearly 54,000 activists stood up and demanded that the FDA issue these rules after 33 years in the works. Thank you!
But this is not a complete victory. The FDA caved to industry on several important issues. We’ve been campaigning for sunscreen standards for years, and we are not going to stop now.
These rules — that go into effect June 2012 — fall short. While they bar the industry from continuing to use misleading claims like “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock,” they still allow potentially dangerous ingredients like retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. In another example of almost-but-not-quite-right, the FDA’s new standard for UVA protection is so weak that it will allow nearly every product on the market today to claim both UVA and UVB protection, indicated by the term “broad spectrum” despite the fact that some products do not offer adequate protection.
If you want to protect yourself from the sun, you’ll still need more information than labels will contain to make informed choices. EWG will continue to analyze sunscreens and publish our popular Sunscreen Guide to give you the information you need to make the best decisions. Together, we’ll keep pushing for greater protections for you and your family.
Thank you for signing our sunscreen petition to the FDA. You spoke up, and the government answered.
President, EWG Action Fund
To see which products are safe to use, go to this EWG page – http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/all-sunscreens/