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October 20, 2010 16:38 ET

David Suzuki Foundation Exposes the So-Called "Dirty Dozen", Exposing Toxic Chemicals Found in Cosmetics, Including Hair Care Products

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - Yesterday's report issued by the David Suzuki Foundation exposed twelve toxic chemicals found in almost eighty percent of cosmetics sold in Canada, the so-called "dirty dozen". A number of these chemicals are common ingredients in hair care products, including DEA, Parfum, Petrolatum, Parabens and Sodium laureth sulfate.

More than 6,200 Canadians participated in the survey, providing information for 12,500 personal care products. Four out of five of the products entered in the survey contained at least one ingredient with suspected links to environmental or health problems - including cancer, reproductive disorders, asthma and severe allergies.

The report identifies several weaknesses in Canada's cosmetic ingredient labeling and notification requirements. The results of the survey demonstrate a need for change - ninety eight percent of survey participants agreed that Canada's laws should be strengthened (http://www.kintera.org/c.5oIBJOPyGiIUF/b.5897307/k.BBBE/Take_action_for_smarter_regulation_of_chemicals_in_cosmetics/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx). Other recommendations in the report include: identifying potentially hazardous ingredients in personal care products with a standardized system of warning labels; allowing public access to ingredient information that cosmetic manufacturers submit to Health Canada; and controlling commercial use of the terms "unscented/fragrance-free" and "natural/bio/organic".

No one agrees more with these findings than Jason Powell, Founder and CEO of Coco & Tini, an all-natural line of children's bath and body products. All Coco & Tini products contain one hundred percent natural-source ingredients and DO NOT use Sodium laureth sulfate, Parabens, Propylene glycol, artificial preservatives or Parfum - all commonly found in hair and body products, and all part of Suzuki's "dirty dozen".

Powell and his team at Coco & Tini have been actively advocating for changes to ingredient disclosure on cosmetic products and are keen to see the government take action, especially with children's products. To Powell, "This study finally exposes the unfortunate reality that many products we use on ourselves and our children contain potentially life threatening ingredients."

For more information on this study visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org and for more information on Coco & Tini products and ingredients please visit http://www.cocoandtini.com.

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