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Statement by Kathleen Dezio, Spokeswoman, on EWG Report, “Teen Girls’ Body Burden of Hormone-Altering Cosmetic Chemicals”

September 24, 2008

Contact:  Lisa Powers, 202/466-0489 or Shannon Campbell, 202/454-0316 

The very highest priority of personal care products companies is the safety and health of consumers of all ages who use our products.  Companies are required by law to substantiate the safety of all products and ingredients before they are marketed, and the safety assessments that are performed take into account that products may be used over the course of a lifetime.  Our companies take their safety responsibility very seriously and often surpass the requirements of the law with additional consumer safety measures.  EWG has chosen to publish data that support its agenda rather than providing a full picture of the body of scientific research on these issues.  There are hundreds of scientific studies that have evaluated the health impact of these ingredients.  Consumers have a right to see this research, which is why we make it publicly available on our Web site,   We stand behind the safety of our products and believe the consensus of opinion in the scientific community supports the conclusion that our products are safe.



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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the $250 billion global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on everyday, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.