Four major brands of children’s sunscreen products sold across the U.S. contain engineered nanoparticles, according to laboratory results released today by Friends of the Earth U.S. Nanoparticles were found in Aveeno® Baby Natural Protection®, Banana Boat® Kids, Neutrogena® Pure and Free® Baby and Thinksport™ Kid's Safe sunscreen.
We are urging federal regulators to establish clear and binding rules around use of nanoparticles in food and consumer products and demand that all companies immediately remove nanoingredients from baby formula and other foods until regulations are in place.
It’s of real concern that these tiny particles are used in hundreds of consumer products, and now in infant formula, with minimal to no oversight. Companies and regulators must take extra care with a product fed to the most vulnerable among us.
This important decision is part of the transformation our government agencies must continue to pursue in order to protect the public from potentially dangerous products containing nanoscale ingredients.
“It’s time to shed light on this novel food technology. If we continue to allow a lack of regulation and transparency, we should be prepared to deal with the consequences of walking blindly with a risky technology,” said Ian Illuminato, Friends of the Earth Health and Environment Campaigner.
It appears that consumers who thought they were buying nano-free sunscreens for their family were misled, and ultimate responsibility in the U.S. lies squarely with the Food and Drug Administration.
FDA has a responsibility to ensure that these potentially dangerous products are not sold in stores without more clarity about their safety and labeling.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ian Illuminato, Friends of the Earth, 250-478-7135, email@example.com George Kimbrell, International Center for Technology Assessment, 571-527-8618, firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Hansen, Consumers Union, 914-378-2452, email@example.comNew Report From Public Interest Groups Warns of Risks From Nanomaterials in Sunscreens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nick Berning, 202-222-0748 Ian Illuminato, 250-478-7135 New report from Friends of the Earth sheds light on risks from popular products containing nano-silver particles WASHINGTON, D.C.Friends of the Earth and Health Care Without Harm Europe released a report today detailing the growing public health threat posed by nano-silver particles in consumer products.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two recent actions by the European Union represent the leading edge of efforts to regulate nanotechnology. The European Union will require nanoparticles in cosmetics to be labeled on the ingredients list and require increased safety testing for cosmetics containing nanoparticles. It will also prevent nanomaterials from being placed on the food market until being subject to nano-specific, standardized, safety assessments…