Press Releases and Statements
California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to End Non-essential Uses of Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
SACRAMENTO, CA—California Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Senate Bill 903, which would ban the sale and use of products containing the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, unless their use is necessary.
EPA Appoints BCPP Director of Science Rainbow Rubin to Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
WASHINGTON, D.C.—We are thrilled to announce the U.S. EPA’s appointment of BCPP’s Director of Science, Dr. Rainbow Rubin, PhD, MPH, to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) established under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
U.S. EPA Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Environmental Protection Agency today (EPA) affirmed health and environmental justice advocates’ concerns about the toxicity of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) by publishing a final rule mandating pollution reporting for the toxic chemical.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This suite of federal safer beauty bills addresses gaps in cosmetic safety by banning the worst chemicals; requiring fragrance disclosure; protecting women of color and salon workers; and creating supply chain transparency.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—We are thankful for the advancements made in cosmetic safety represented by the passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulations Act of 2022. Despite this important progress, much work remains to be done to achieve a truly health-protective safety standard for beauty and personal care products for all. We must address critical gaps in cosmetic safety that impact everyone, especially women of color and professional salon workers.
BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Publishes First-Ever List of Top Black-Owned Beauty Brands & Non-toxic Product Database
SAN FRANCISCO—The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ (CSC) new List of Top Non-Toxic Black-Owned Beauty Brands features entrepreneurs making safer beauty products for Black women, free of the toxic ingredients linked to breast cancer and health concerns that disproportionately impact Black women. This project brings health equity to the forefront by providing a database of clean beauty products to help Black women and girls live their healthiest lives and prevent breast cancer.
SACRAMENTO—In a win for current and future public health in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law AB 1817, the Safer Clothes and Textiles Act, which will curb the flow of toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” into Californians’ clothes, bodies, and environments.
SACRAMENTO—Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the PFAS-Free Beauty Act, a BCPP-co-sponsored law authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), that bans intentionally added toxic PFAS chemicals (known as “forever chemicals”) from cosmetics sold in California.
VICTORY: Johnson & Johnson to Discontinue Talc-Based Baby Powder Globally in Wake of Advocacy Campaign
LOS ANGELES—Black Women for Wellness and NGO partners are celebrating the news that Johnson & Johnson will no longer sell talc-based baby powder known to cause harm. The multinational giant’s decision to discontinue global sales of talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder beginning in 2023 comes only after global pushback and a long heartfelt battle with Johnson & Johnson.
WASHINGTON—In response to a food additive petition filed by BCPP and our coalition partners, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to reconsider the safety of using bisphenol A (BPA) in polycarbonate plastics, metal can coatings, and other materials that contact food, potentially setting the stage for strict new limits on the harmful chemical.
WASHINGTON—Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) introduced the Ensuring Safe and Toxic-Free Foods Act to ensure the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fulfills its responsibility to promote the health and well-being of American families by directing the FDA to end exemptions for companies from seeking pre-market approval for food chemicals.
WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today denied petitions submitted by health and environmental advocates in 2016 to ban phthalates from food packaging and food production equipment.
SACRAMENTO—California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 2771 to ban the sale in California of cosmetics and other personal care products containing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.
WASHINGTON—A coalition of physicians, scientists, and NGOs today sent a formal petition to the FDA, calling on the agency to rescind its approvals for bisphenol A (BPA) in adhesives and coatings and set strict limits on its use in plastics that contact food.
WASHINGTON—Today, health advocates represented by Earthjustice sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in federal court to compel long overdue action on petitions the advocates filed in 2016 asking FDA to ban phthalates in food packaging and processing materials.
WASHINGTON—Today Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of BCPP, joined by leading NGO and business allies unveiled the Safer Beauty Bill Package: four pieces of federal legislation that focus on critical areas of cosmetic safety reform which put public health at risk.
SACRAMENTO—California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law today banning the use of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in paper-based food packaging and to require disclosure of toxic substances in cookware. The California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act of 2021 (AB 1200) will protect consumers and the environment from PFAS and other harmful chemicals.
SACRAMENTO—The passage of AB 1200 is an important step toward protecting Californians and our environment from toxic ‘forever’ PFAS in food packaging and, for the first time ever, providing information consumers need to choose safer cookware.
SACRAMENTO—California lawmakers have approved legislation to ban the use of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in paper-based food packaging and to require disclosure of toxic substances in cookware, sending the bill to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature.
WASHINGTON—This suite of federal safer beauty bills addresses gaping holes in cosmetic safety by banning the worst chemicals; requiring fragrance disclosure; protecting women of color and salon workers; and creating supply chain transparency.
SACRAMENTO—In a major victory for the movement for safer cosmetics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, Assembly Bill 2762, into law. This is the nation’s first state-level ban of 24 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from beauty and personal care products.
SACRAMENTO—Governor Newsom made history today by signing the Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB312-Leyva) into law, making California the first government in the world to require the public disclosure of hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients.
SACRAMENTO—A bill to ban dangerous chemicals was signed into law yesterday in California. Co-sponsored by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Senate Bill 1044 by Senator Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, will ban the manufacture, sale and use of firefighting foam that contains chemicals known as per-and poly-fluoralkyl substances, or PFAS.
WASHINGTON—Today, a group of health, environmental, and consumer organizations challenged the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) practice of not accounting for the cumulative health effect of chemicals in the diet when allowing new chemicals in food.
Today, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released the groundbreaking Paths to Prevention: the California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan, an action plan offering societal-level policy changes, rather than individual actions, to reduce breast cancer rates.
Women’s and Salon Worker Health Organizations Applaud California’s Policymakers in Passing Vital Ingredient Disclosure Legislation
SACRAMENTO—With resounding bi-partisan support, California’s Assembly passed the Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB 312 Sen. Leyva, D-Chino), legislation which takes significant steps in protecting public health by providing vital ingredient information.
BCPP joins 183 NGOs from 51 countries to demand Johnson & Johnson halt global sales of popular talc-based baby powder
Today, more than 170 groups from 51 countries are calling on Johnson & Johnson to immediately halt sales of their talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder worldwide.
SACRAMENTO—Today, the California Assembly passed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762, by a resounding bipartisan vote of 54-0. If enacted, the law would be the first in the nation to ban 12 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.
Today and every day, we at BCPP stand in solidarity against racism. The black community faces the highest risk of dying from breast cancer, something we work on every day, and yet there is a greater disease threatening black women and men: systemic racism.
Affected Communities Urge the Environmental Protection Agency to End the Free Pass It Is Giving Polluters
WASHINGTON—More than 150 affected communities, environmental justice organizations and other groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind or replace its policy allowing companies to stop reporting how much they pollute under the guise of COVID-19.
SACRAMENTO—The California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (A.B. 2762) seeks to ban 12 extremely hazardous ingredients from beauty and personal care products sold in California including mercury, 4 types of formaldehyde, 2 phenylenediamine chemicals found in hair dye and some of the worst phthalates, parabens and PFAS “forever” chemicals.
SACRAMENTO—Today Senator Allen introduced SB 1044 to ban the sale and use of dangerous chemicals found in firefighting foams. These chemicals, known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or ‘PFAS’ chemicals, do not break down once introduced into the environment—the reason that they are widely referred to as “forever chemicals.”
Supporters rally for the Toxic Free Cosmetics Act which would protect public health from lead, asbestos and other toxic chemicals in beauty products
SACRAMENTO—Supporters gathered at the State Capitol today to urge the California Assembly to pass the Toxic Free Cosmetics Act (AB 495). If passed, the law, which will face its first key vote tomorrow, would ban such toxic ingredients as lead, mercury and formaldehyde from the beauty and bodycare products Californians use every day.
WASHINGTON—Several environmental and public-health advocacy groups filed a lawsuit today asking a federal court in New York to overturn the Food and Drug Administration’s denial of a petition to ban the use of a dangerous chemical, perchlorate, in food packaging and other materials used to store and transport food.
New Federal Bill Seeks to Be the First and Only National Law to Ban Cancer Causing Chemicals in Beauty and Personal Care Products
WASHINGTON—Representative Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced a landmark bill co-sponsored by BCPP today—the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019—the only federal cosmetic legislation that would immediately ban over a dozen of the worst toxic chemicals from cosmetics, fund research into safer alternatives, address the over-exposure of communities of color to toxic chemicals, require full fragrance ingredient disclosure, and ban most animal testing.
California Bill Seeks to End Toxic Fragrance and Flavor Secrets in Beauty and Personal Care Products
BCPP is co-sponsoring the California Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Right to Know Act of 2019 (SB574), authored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino). The bill requires manufacturers to fully disclose hazardous ingredients in fragrances and flavors used in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California, and would be the first of its kind in the nation.
Landmark Report Reveals Secret Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care, and Cleaning Products Linked to Harm to Human Health & Environment
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released a landmark report — Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products. The report exposes the presence of harmful fragrance chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive harm, and respiratory toxicity that did not appear on the label.
BCPP and our partners mark the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This law was passed in response to a record number of product recalls in 2007.
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ Jeanne Rizzo Steps Down as CEO After 17 Years of Visionary Leadership
Today Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly Breast Cancer Fund) President and CEO, Jeanne Rizzo, announced she is stepping down at the end of 2018.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve this organization. Now it’s time for me to step down as the leader of BCPP. ”
Read Jeanne’s message
At the bidding of the chemical industry and the nation’s largest food companies, the House and the Senate introduced a bill that would endanger human health and the environment, erode the fundamental role of science in formulating sound public policy, and strip American consumers of their right to know what’s in the products they buy.
LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women® will raise money for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners at Dolby Laboratories
On May 23, 2018, LUNAFEST®, the film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in support of a good cause, will be hosted by BCPP at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco.
Advocates sue FDA to force decision on cancer-causing chemicals in popular foods
Today a coalition of health, consumer and environmental advocacy organizations including BCPP filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit aimed at forcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decide whether to prohibit seven cancer-causing artificial chemicals from use in food as flavors. These chemicals have been used in beverages, baked goods, candy, chewing gum, and ice cream.
Phthalates Victory: Consumer Agency to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Children’s Toys
In a major victory for public health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today, 3-2, to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children’s toys and child care articles.
CA Governor Signs Historic Law Requiring Companies to Disclose Ingredients in Cleaning Products
In a major victory for consumer and worker right to know, Governor Brown has signed into law a bill that requires manufacturers of a wide array of cleaning products to disclose their ingredients.
In California, Cleaning Product Companies to Come Clean on Ingredients
In a major victory for consumer and worker right to know, California lawmakers today approved legislation to require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in cleaning products.
Proctor and Gamble Announces New Fragrance Ingredient Disclosure Policy
Proctor and Gamble raised a new high bar for the personal care and cleaning product industries by announcing an ambitious, new fragrance ingredient disclosure policy.
Coalition Support Letter SB 258 to Assembly Committee on Labor & Employment
Coalition Support Letter SB 258 to Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
BCPP Petitions FDA to Ban Lead Acetate from Hair Dye
BCPP and allied environmental health groups are calling on the FDA to remove lead acetate, a well-established neurotoxin and carcinogen, from hair dyes.
Groups Sue FDA to Protect Food Safety
BCPP and allies, represented by legal counsel from the Center for Food Safety and environmental law firm Earthjustice, are suing the FDA for illegally delegating that authority to self-interested food and chemical manufacturers.
L’Oréal: Pledge to Be Toxic-Free
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of BCPP, and allies delivered over 150,000 petition signatures calling on the multinational cosmetic giant L’Oréal USA to eliminate cancer causing chemicals and to disclose its secret “fragrance” chemicals.
We Are Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)
We changed our name, but not our mission. A message from Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., President and CEO
Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB 258)
Bill Would Give Californians Right to Know What’s in Cleaning Products
Toxic Chemicals Found in Kids’ Makeup Products- What Will You Shop for This Halloween?
New report by the Breast Cancer Fund shows you should be worried about more than checking your children’s Halloween candy this year.
Ban on BPA in Food and Beverage Containers Introduced in the 114th Congress
Sen. Markey and Rep. Meng Seek to Strengthen FDA Ability to Ensure Safe Food Packaging with the Introduction of the Ban Poinsonous Additives Act of 2016
Breast Cancer Fund Stands by its Statement in Opposition to Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” – H.R. 2576
Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund June 8, 2016
Breast Cancer Fund Statement in Opposition to H.R. 2576
Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says
Nearly 200 Cans Analyzed from Campbell’s, Del Monte, General Mills, Kroger, Albertsons and More
Breast Cancer Fund Statement in response to Campbell’s going “BPA Free by 2017”
Statement from Breast Cancer Fund
Mammograms: Are We Asking the Wrong Question?
Statement from Breast Cancer Fund
TSCA Reform Not Good Enough
Chemical linked to breast cancer found in popular anti-aging skin care products
New report from Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reveals toxic contaminants in L’Oréal Garnier and P&G Cover Girl products.
New report uncovers elevated breast cancer risk for working women
Breast Cancer Fund, scientists, doctors and labor advocates call for immediate action to put breast cancer out of work
Breast Cancer Fund Partners With Environmental and Energy Consulting to Boost Policy Work in California
Breast Cancer Fund, scientists, doctors and labor advocates call for immediate action to put breast cancer out of work
Responding to public demand, House passes first toxics bill since 1976
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
Team to Climb 14,179-foot Mountain for Breast Cancer Prevention
Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds 12th mountain expedition on Mt. Shasta begins
Historic Federal Cosmetic Safety Legislation Could Finally Protect Consumers from Dangerous Chemicals in Personal Care Products
Every dollar donated to the Breast Cancer Fund is used responsibly
As four cancer charities face fraud charges, president and CEO Jeanne Rizzo shares how the Breast Cancer Fund is committed to financial responsibility and integrity.
Breast Cancer Fund Applauds Listing of BPA as Reproductive Toxicant under California’s Prop. 65
A victory for public health and consumer right-to-know
Udall-Vitter Toxics Bill Would Make a Bad Situation Worse
Toxics Bill Posing As Reform Would Not Protect Public Health from Dangerous Chemicals
New Toxics Bill Would Protect the Health and Safety of our Families
The Breast Cancer Fund supports the newly introduced Boxer-Markey bill
New Toxics Bill Would Allow the Chemical Industry to Continue to Endanger Public Health
Breast Cancer Fund opposes newly introduced chemical bill
California Legislation Introduced to Give Consumers the Right to Know What’s in their Cleaning Products
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Stands its Ground
Chemicals linked to cancer don’t belong in L’Oreal cosmetics
Breast Cancer Fund Testifies Before Senate on Toxic Chemical Reform
Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer testified before the Senate that Congress must overhaul the current toxics law to protect vulnerable populations.
Failure of Toxics Law Responsible for Worsening Public Health Crisis
President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo, R.N. testified on needed reforms to chemical regulation at a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee hearing.
Lawmakers Agree to Ban Dangerous Chemicals in Toys
Lawmakers charged with finalizing the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act agreed yesterday to include a provision that will ban phthalates from children’s toys and childcare articles.
BCPP: Exposing the Cause is the Cure
We're preventing breast cancer before it starts by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation.