Cosmetic products for nails tied to serious health problems

On its front page, the New York Times reports that “a growing body of medical research shows a link between the chemicals that make nail and beauty products useful – the ingredients that make them chip-resistant and pliable, quick to dry and brightly colored, for example – and serious health problems,” particularly for the cosmetologists who must work with them. But, “the federal law that regulates cosmetics safety, which is more than 75 years old, does not require companies to share safety information with the” FDA.

While “the law bans ingredients harmful to users…it contains no provisions for the agency to evaluate the effects of the chemicals before they are put on shelves.”

The cosmetics industry “has long fought regulations.”

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