Exposed: The Mislabeling of Some "Toxin-Free" Nail Polish Causes Concern - Page 2
This report raises many concerns including the problem of misleading or outright inaccurate labeling of cosmetic products. There are few laws governing the labeling of cosmetic and beauty products, a situation which some groups are fighting to change. The other major concern are the people who work in nail salons, and their ongoing exposure to dangerous, and often carcinogenic compounds. Many of the people who work in nail salons are immigrants (often women) who are unknowingly being exposed to chemicals without proper ventilation. Advocates are concerned that this group of nail salon workers, who often are not native English speakers, are being recklessly endangered due to their line of work.
Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, part of the National Health Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance, commented on the report by saying that nail polish companies are "knowingly peddling tons of toxins without even an ounce of scruples...Not only are they including dangerous chemicals in their products, but they are outright lying about it. More disturbing is that the cosmetics industry continues to be almost completely unregulated- the FDA still does not have the power it needs to keep consumers and salon workers safe. "