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Safer Sunscreens: An EWG Petition

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

NOTE: This message will bleed over into the right hand margin, because I cut & pasted it right from my email.

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Do you want safer sunscreens? TAKE ACTION TODAY

Dear Ellen Sue,

There’s a bottleneck at the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA last approved a general usage, over-the-counter sunscreen ingredient in 1999, and six new ingredients – already used in sunscreens in Europe and other parts of the world – have been awaiting a decision for more than eight years. With rates of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – on the rise, it’s unconscionable that the FDA would drag its feet in reviewing promising sunscreen ingredients that have been sold for years all over the world.

The bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act is designed to change all that by setting tougher deadlines for the FDA to review new sunscreen ingredients, and it’s up for a vote this week in the House of Representatives. If you want more – and better – sunscreen choices, you must take action right now to support this bill.

Click here to stand with EWG today to support safer sunscreens: Tell your representative to vote “YES” on the Sunscreen Innovation Act.

EWG estimates that about half of the 462 beach and sport sunscreens we assessed in our 2014 Guide to Sunscreens would be too weak for the European market. Why are U.S. standards so far behind? We have the Food and Drug Administration to thank for that.

Some sunscreen companies are trying to develop more effective products, but they have limited options for formulating them, and most sunscreens on the market today fail to provide adequate protection from skin-damaging UVA rays.

Passing this bill would give sunscreen manufacturers better options by speeding up FDA’s review process and ensuring that the agency has authority to keep unsafe ingredients off the market. Making sure that the Sunscreen Innovation Act passes in the House this week is essential to get more and better products on store shelves.

If you agree that consumers in the United States deserve access to the same ingredients used in sunscreens in the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia, please speak out today.

Click here right now to tell your representative to vote in favor of the Sunscreen Innovation Act.

Thanks for standing with EWG.


Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group