Cosmetics, Toxic Chemicals, and the Policy Response

After waking up in the morning, the first items Canadians often reach for are cosmetic and personal care products like shampoo, cleansers, makeup, and fragrances. What many of us don’t do is pay attention to or even understand the list of ingredients in them. However, many studies have shown that exposure to toxic ingredients has been linked to cancer and abnormal endocrine function.  In response, Canadian organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence have created campaigns urging governments and private companies to remove synthetic ingredients such as silicones, plastic microbeads, phthalates, and artificial fragrances from cosmetic and personal care products. Today, we take you Beyond the Headlines to uncover the evidence behind these potentially hazardous chemicals, and try to find the best policy response for protecting the health of Canadians. Joining us in the studio are Maggie MacDonald, Toxics Program Manager at Environmental Defence Canada, Jenise Lee, Founder of Clean Care Seal, Dr Brad Bass, professor at the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto, and Darren Praznik, President and CEO of the Canadian Cosmetics, Fragrance and Toiletry Association.

Show Producer: Daphne Cheung

Host: Jason Apostolopoulos

Technical Producer: Alexandra Steindorff

Chase Producer: Denna Berg

Senior Producer: Scott Boutilier

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