#Label-Reading Tips For Product Safety - The Golden Rule & Tip #1
- One-third of all products on the market contain one or more ingredients classiﬁed as possible human carcinogens.
- Nearly 70% of all products on the market contain ingredients that can be contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other health problems.
- 89% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA, or any other publicly accountable institution.
Many assume the FDA's role is to approve cosmetics for sale, in fact the FDA's role is legislating marketing label claims after it reaches the marketplace.
“Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market. The exception is color additives (other than those used in most hair dyes). Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have the legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products.” - FDA.gov
The Golden Rule
The golden rule of label reading must guide your perception and understanding when reading labels. There is no legal definition of the word "natural" or "organic". Therefore....
Tip#1 - Claims are claims.
Claims are merely claims unless they can provide third-party evidence or certifications to back them up.
Think of it like an interview. Would you hire someone who said they had a degree in physics or would hire the person who furnished a degree in physics at the interview? Consider the label reading process an interview prior to introducing it to your body and family. Your trust should be earned by (1) evidence (2) transparency. If you find neither while label-reading, find and reward a transparent, socially-responsible company with your hard earned dollars instead.
If you're looking for true organic products, you cannot rely on an organic claim. Authenticity comes from a certified organic certification.
What Does Certified Organic Mean?
An independent third-party guarantee of an “organic” claim that must comply with stringent international standards, showing and proving an organic audit trail from seed, growing, harvesting, storage, transporting and processing right through to the finished product.
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