Year in Review 2018
Thank you for your trust in us. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for being our partner on this journey to eliminate toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer. Our BCPP Bulletin gives you the details on our most memorable feats of the year.
We need your continued support now more than ever to save lives and prevent suffering. If you haven’t already, please give your year-end gift today!
Professional Salon Products- Ingredient Disclosure Victory!
On September 14th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the BCPP-sponsored Professional Salon Products Labeling Act (AB 2775). Previously, ingredient labels were not required on professional salon products, leaving workers and consumers in the dark about harmful ingredients. Thanks to AB 2775, companies that sell professional nail, hair, and beauty salon products in California are now required to list ingredients on product labels. As companies move to comply with this new labeling law, the impact will be felt across the country. This makes 11 bills, passed at the local, state or federal level in the last 15 years, where BCPP has taken a central leadership role!
Landmark Fragrance Right-to-Know Product Testing Report
On September 26th, BCPP released our report Right to Know: Exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care and cleaning products. We investigated to what extent companies that make beauty, personal care and cleaning products hide unlabeled toxic chemicals in their products. Our report concluded with shocking results: the most hazardous product of all was a kids’ shampoo marketed to children of color. Several of the products that had the most hazardous chemicals were fine fragrances endorsed by popular celebrities. And many of the personal care products we tested contained more hazardous chemicals than the cleaning products we tested!
California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan – Forging Ahead
In 2016, BCPP began a multi-year project to lead the development of a comprehensive, statewide Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan for California. The goal of the project is to generate policy and social interventions that support actions to reduce modifiable breast cancer risk factors. In 2018, BCPP traveled throughout the state gathering input in communities from Nevada City to Los Angeles. These rich conversations have not only given us access to community wisdom not reflected in scientific research, but have also allowed us to form relationships with groups that will be critical in the implementation stage of the project. Stay tuned for the release of the plan in 2019!
State of the Evidence: Congressional Briefing
On June 6th, BCPP organized, and Sen. Kamala Harris hosted, a Congressional briefing entitled State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment. Primary author and BCPP Board Member Janet Gray and Silent Spring Institute Executive Director Julia Brody summarized the current foundational science behind our work. BCPP Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer and Black Women for Wellness Policy Director Nourbese Flint addressed policy solutions. Laying the foundation of science and continuing to highlight the work of BCPP is critical to our effectiveness in Congress.
In addition to the above accomplishments that you made possible through your support, we also published two papers on work and female breast cancer in the peer-reviewed journal New Solutions, successfully petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban seven cancer-causing flavorings from food, and convinced multinational companies Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson to adopt fragrance ingredient disclosure policies.
No loved one should ever get breast cancer. Please donate today and give the gift of a healthier future. Let’s make 2019 another successful year!
Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D.
Director of Science
P.S. We thank you for all your support in 2018. If you haven’t made your life-saving year-end gift, now is the time!