Federal Government Recommendations The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not have special rules prohibiting preservatives like parabens in cosmetics (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2016). Cosmetics do not need FDA approval before they are brought to market (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2016). FDA scientists are conducting ongoing reviews regarding the safety of parabens (U.S.
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: PARABENS AND FLUORIDE 4 Food & Drug Administration, 2016). Although there clearly is a risk to the population, the government will continue to do tests to determine the severity of those risks. The FDA stated that if they determine hazards exist to humans, they will notify the public and will consider legal options (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2016). It seems that they are taking the safe route and potentially exposing the American people to a dangerous toxic. Other Sources and Discrepancies After researching other sources, such as 2beingfit, I found information that was very similar to what was in the peer-reviewed articles. They both spoke about the same dangers with cosmetics and how it can be linked to serious diseases. This seems to be a common agreement among scientists and specialists in this area. This was reassuring, knowing that the science on this is very strong. Conclusion Parabens are a dangerous toxic with impacts on our environment and on our health. While it doesn’t have drastic impacts on the environment as it is biodegradable, it has been detected on agricultural fields and that is unsettling. That could mean that parabens are getting into our food more than we even know about. Also, many people, including myself, use products with parabens on a daily basis.
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- Summer '16
- Gregory Becoat
- Environmental Toxins