Lack of Government Regulations in Skin Care

lack-of-government-regulations-in-skin-careThe lack of government regulations in skin care industry is one of the most surprising facts even for the most developed economy of the world, the USA. When you look into its skin care and cosmetic industry you will find that skin care products are being manufactured without any legal control on it.

Most people assume that some government agency like FDA might be regulating the ingredients to be used by the cosmetic manufacturers. But, in fact, there is a very limited control on the manufacturers to use whatever they produce in the name of skin care products.

Brief information in this regard is provided in this write-up to help you in protecting yourself from such unregulated products as manufacturers will go on using whatever they want in their skin care products unless some strict law is imposed on them.

What does FDA do?

fda-logoSurprisingly, the FDA does very little to ensure the safety of the users of these skin care and other cosmetic products even though it is their responsibility to control cosmetic industry in U.S. According to US law:

The FDA is not authorised to provide pre-market approval to the cosmetic products and their ingredients except the colour additives used in them. In other words it can be said that cosmetic companies need not get any approval from FDA before launching their products in the market unlike drug industry where the FDA approval is must before selling its products publicly.

Even cosmetic producers need not submit the formulation of their products for the oversight of the FDA before selling them in the market. In this way, cosmetics including skin care products have become one of the least controlled products in the market all over the world.

There is no institution in the U.S., accountable to the public, to evaluate the safety of the most of the ingredients used in the cosmetics. Even the FDA is not authorised to regulate cosmetic companies to conduct studies to assess the pre-market safety of the ingredients used by them in their cosmetic products. The FDA can also not compel the cosmetic manufacturers to report about the injuries caused by their products. The submission of such reports is entirely voluntary in the U.S.

In order to change this situation, U.S. Congress will have to change the law set by Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel in 1976. This penal was formed to establish the safety of the ingredients used in all types of cosmetic products. With the intention of reviewing and assessing the safety data of the ingredients a toxicologist, a dermatologist, an industry scientist and a consumer representative were included in this panel. But how effectively this panel checks the safety level of all the ingredients is the main question to be considered at this stage.

But, unluckily, there is no specific description of the work to be done by the CIR. According to the information collected in this regard by June 2008, this panel has reviewed the safety level of only 11% ingredients used in cosmetic industry and found only nine of them to be unsafe during its history of over 30 years. The panel also has not reviewed the effect of various types of chemicals used in personal care products by using them in the long term. Various studies have found it as one of the serious oversights.

Dangers of the chemical combinations used in cosmetics

dangerous-cosmeticsAccording to the report submitted by the researchers of Texas Tech University in 2013, two chemicals, which if used together can cause cancer, were used in cosmetics, even with their low safety level for humans. The study has shown that the combination of these two chemicals can cause prostate cancer. They treated people using the personal care products containing estrogens and arsenic (and their combinations), certified by Environmental Protection Agency to have safe ingredients, for the cancer of prostate cells. It has been proved through this study that the combination of these two chemicals is twice more harmful than they are used alone.

Thus, through these studies, it is revealed that several skin care products are harmful to humans due to the chemical combinations used in them. Along with the lack of regulations, there is also a lack of research on the combination of the chemicals used in the cosmetic products by their producers.

Monsanto Invades Your Food and Skin Care

How Monsanto Controls the Government

The Agriculture & biotech giant Monsanto also called (MON) has now become the only poster child for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) for those companies that need them, especially when looking for ways to improve the food security. Since the St. Louis-based company started operating in the year 1990, they have been a company that proved to be the leading when it comes to making GMO part of the diet in the nation.

It also today dominates the market for the genetically modified crops, through supplying farmers from all over the world with corn, soy, alfalfa seeds and sugar beets. According to the freelance reports by Chris Parker, the market is exposed to over 4,000 tons of Monsanto making it among the best crops that you can ever get from Monsanto’s seeds. In addition, the cover has been 40% of the America’s crop acres when compared to worldwide at 27%.

The market has a handful of companies such as Monsanto trying to change global food landscape. For instance, the Dow Chemical (DOW), Syngenta (SYT), DuPont (DD), BASF and Bayer CropScience are now the other major companies of agricultural chemical that have been attacked and criticized for their development of the genetically engineered foods. This has made it a world issue for those people who would like to solve the food shortage problem. In addition, some people have questioned their credentials after beginning to offer what they would sell for the people within the market.

More than 60 countries today has either ban GMOs or regulate, but the U.S. A. is neither one of them. If the country does not take up measures, it would be a tragedy after they start witnessing some of the side effects that comes with it based on the potential perceived risks. In addition, FDA’s priority has always been to ensure all foods, which include those derived from the GE plants, are safe at the same time in compliance with the applicable regulations and FD&C Act.

Today, FDA has never recognized the existence of diverse views especially among food manufacturers, the public, and the agricultural industry. Other may criticize them for not taking measures especially when they need to improve the safety of the Americans especially from the food that they eat.

Cotton, soybeans, and corn are the most common GE crops sold in the U.S. By last year, these GE cotton was accounting for 94 percent of all cotton planted, with GE soybeans accounting for 93 percent of soybeans planted, and corn accounting for 88 percent of corn planted, as per the USDA report. Monsanto also reported the net sales of $4.3 billion with a profit close to $990 million in just the last quarter, making it the world’s biggest seed manufacturer. Unless measures are taken, the statistics are set to rise making it one of the countries with the largest trade of GE in the whole world. In addition, Monsanto will definitely slap small farmers with the lawsuits when they believe it is their patents that have been violated. With the trend, it would be hard for the government to control the food sector as many GMOs are being produced for consumption for citizens.

In conclusion, the above information should help you understand how Monsanto influences government especially when it comes to the trade of GMOs in the world.