- To date, the FDA has not placed any restrictions on the use of formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing ingredients in cosmetics or personal care products.
- Europe has limited the levels of formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing agents, while Japan and Sweden have banned these chemicals from cosmetic and personal care products.
- One U.S. state, Minnesota, has banned in-state sales of children’s personal care products that contain formaldehyde.
- Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others) found in shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion and foundation are linked to health safety issues.
- Phthalates (e.g., DBP, DEHP, DEP) found in fragrance, nail polish and hair spray are controversial chemical ingredients linked to health safety issues.
- Does anyone believe the “scientific” beauty product claims in the advertisements? The sales show one thing, but when people were asked to evaluate those claims in a study setting, fewer than 1 out of 5 claims was believable, and more than 85 percent of the claims were considered false or vague to consumers.
- Today’s consumer is more cynical and skeptical about claims like “clinically proven softer skin,” “award-winning” and “visible results,” and is more trusting with endorsements like “dermatologist recommended” and “expert’s choice.”
- In 2014, California-based healthcare company Kaiser Permanente announced that all of its new furniture purchases would be free of chemical flame retardants.
RESOURCE: Read Kaiser Permanente Commits to Purchase Furniture from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals.
- In 2014, sandwich chain Subway announced it would discontinue using the dough conditioner azodicarbonamide, which had raised health concerns in its byproducts of its breakdown in the body—although it is approved by the FDA.
- Faced with headlines like CBS’ “No More Yoga Mat Chemical in Our Bread…,” Subway listed the following in a press release:
Here are some of our recent bread improvements:
- 2014—51% whole grains now used in our 9-Grain Wheat bread (100% of the daily Whole Grain requirement per Footlong)
- 2013—Azo-free bread introduced (azodicarbonamide removed), with 100% conversion by April, 2014
- 2012—Sodium content was reduced by 29% for 9-Grain Wheat bread and 42% for Italian bread
- 2011—Removed high fructose corn syrup from our 9-Grain Wheat bread (There is no HFCS in the Italian bread)
- 2011—Fortified our U.S. bread with vitamin D and calcium
- 2009—Improved Wheat bread by converting to 9-Grain Wheat bread
- 2008—Introduced azo-free flatbread
- 2008—Removed artificial trans fats
- 2007—Increased fiber content in wheat bread
- In 2015, Panera Bread announced that the food served in its 1,800 bakery-cafes would be free of artificial additives by the end of 2016.
RESOURCE: Read Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Share List of Unacceptable Ingredients: Company Details “No No” List of Artificial Additives to Be Removed and Introduces “Clean” Salad Dressings.
- Subway stepped back up to the plate in 2015 and announced it had started to “transition in early 2016” across all of its 27,000 U.S. restaurants to serving only protein from animals that have never received antibiotics. In December 2015, the company announced another transition: to serve only cage-free eggs, and gave a completion date of 2025.
- Large manufacturing companies and retailers like Nike, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Apple and HP (to name only a few) have policies barring chemicals from their products that, to date, U.S. federal law does not restrict.
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