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Apps keep tabs on the safety of many cosmetics

When Americans make routine purchases, they rarely worry about the potential dangers associated with the products they are choosing to buy. This is perhaps because they have faith in the safety checks conducted by the federal government aimed at keeping harmful products off of store shelves and out of the hands of consumers. Or, perhaps Americans simply avoid those products they believe to be dangerous and purchase those that they trust for a variety of reasons.

However, dangers lurk in products not commonly associated with potential harm. For example, many cosmetics and personal hygiene aids are actually dangerous products that should be purchased with caution. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other governmental agencies do employ certain safety standards and checks on cosmetics, not all are safe for regular use despite these checks.

In an effort to educate consumers about the safety of the cosmetics they choose to purchase, two separate apps are launching for use by the general public. These apps employ bar scanners that allow customers to look up valuable safety information and safety risks associated with thousands of cosmetics and personal hygiene products.

A number of publicly accessible databases run by both North American governments and non-profit agencies are already available to help consumers concerned about cosmetics safety. However, the new apps will allow customers to look up information on the spot simply by scanning the products they are curious about. Hopefully these new tools will empower consumers to purchase the safest products possible for themselves and their families.

Source: Mobi Health News, "New apps evaluate cosmetic product safety," Jonah Comstock, Oct. 22, 2013

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