Dodd wants stronger sunscreen standards

May 26, 2009 12:29:01 PM PDT
Two New England senators are pushing for stronger testing and labeling standards for sunscreen. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Chris Dodd, a Democrat from Connecticut, have introduced legislation that calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require manufacturers to test sunscreen products against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays.

Currently, officials say the FDA requires testing and labeling for sun protection factors, which mostly measures UVB rays that cause sunburns.

But they add the FDA does not have standards for UVA rays, a major cause of skin cancer and premature aging.

The measure also would have the FDA implement a standardized labeling system for a product's protection against both types of rays.


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