Minnesota Minuses Makeup Mercury

Minnesota has banned retailers from selling cosmetics that contain “intentionally added” mercury. Retailers in violation of the ban would suffer hefty penalties. The Associate Press reports:
Minnesota apparently is the first state in the nation to ban intentionally added mercury in cosmetics, giving it a tougher standard than the federal government.


Retailers who knowingly sell mercury-containing cosmetics in Minnesota could face fines of as much as $700. Penalties could reach $10,000 for manufacturers who fail to disclose mercury on product labels, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

"Mercury does cause neurological damage to people even in tiny quantities," said Sen. John Marty, the Democrat from Roseville who sponsored the ban. "Every source of mercury adds to it. We wanted to make sure it wasn't here."
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Kirsten - December 17, 2007 9:13 AM

Next on the list should be the phthalates in cosmetics--hormone mimickers/disruptors.

Kirsten - December 17, 2007 2:20 PM

This is a great example of Dr. Fuhrman's point about worrying more about things we are putting on and around our bodies than about pesticides (which are also important and concerning). It is also my current response to folks worried about phytoestrogens in soy--get plastic out of your life, THEN worry about soy!

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, used to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics. (no source on this)

Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers. All of these can leach phthalates into our food.

"... phthalates induce birth defects, low sperm counts, and other reproductive toxicity ..."
http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/phthalates.htm

From the EPA: "Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, soaps, and shampoos."
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-phth.html

"Shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in animal studies, phthalates can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled."
http://environment.about.com/od/healthenvironment/a/phthalates.htm

Some alternatives:
Discovery Toys—http://www.discoverytoysinc.com/
Burt's Bees, I think
Amurie Toxic Free Products www.amurie-toxicfreeproducts.com/

That's all I've got so far, but there is plenty to be Googled. :)

Armine Abrahamyan - January 12, 2008 8:01 AM

I hope it is a proven step to take and it will be followed by other states.

-armine

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