I have found that it takes a lot for the MSM to get worked up about consumers’ rights. Some outlets do seem to have caught on, however, to the slow poisoning of American consumers who believe ads about sunscreen products. I saw a piece on CNN.com yesterday, and the NYTimes has an editorial today:
The F.D.A. proposed new safety standards and a new ratings system for sunscreens last August. That was followed by the required comment period, an extension of that period – and a long silence from the F.D.A.
In the meantime, the Environmental Working Group, a Washington research organization, issued its own warning about sunscreens. After collecting studies on sunscreens, the group recommended only 15 percent of those on the market with S.P.F. ratings of 15 or higher. The others either did not protect skin enough from some radiation that can cause skin cancer or included ingredients linked to possible health hazards.
So some credit is due to the media. On the other hand, this editorial takes a sort of Bertie and Jeeves tone toward the issue: “Oh do stay out of the sun, and wear a comical hat while you’re at it!” When you look at the Environmental Working Group website, you may wonder why there isn’t a panic, a mandatory recall and a little more outrage in the reports.
In other words, it’s been a year, darnit! Why are we still slathering American children with bioaccumulating neurotoxins, reproductive and developmental toxins and cancer-causing chemicals – MOST – I SAY THE VAST MAJORITY – of which are ineffective at preventing sun damage?