Volume 94 Issue 34 | p. 12 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 29, 2016

Group says sunscreen makers cheat on SPF labels

Environmental Working Group calls for FDA investigation of ingredients and testing methods
Department: Business
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: consumer products, sunscreens, anti-inflammatory ingredients

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on FDA to investigate the use of ingredients in sunscreens that it contends artificially boost sun protection factor (SPF) values on product labels without providing commensurate protection from the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet rays. EWG also wants the agency to reevaluate its own SPF testing method, which the group claims is in part responsible for the subterfuge.

EWG alleges that some sunscreen formulators are adding agents with anti-inflammatory effects, . . .

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