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RITE-AID RECALLS 'STREAKS & TIPS' AFTER CITIZEN ACTION COMPLAINT

 RITE-AID RECALLS 'STREAKS & TIPS' AFTER CITIZEN ACTION COMPLAINT
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Rite-Aid has decided to recall "Streaks & Tips" hair spray after a Citizen Action complaint triggered a federal investigation.
 Ed Hopkins, Citizen Action's Enviornmental Policy director said, "It's always good to win a skirmish, but this case shows why Ohio needs the Right-to-Know Initiative, especially for the virtually unregulated cosmetic industry."
 Sandy Buchanan, Citizen Action's Toxic Action director, wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct. 30 asking for an investigation of several Halloween products sold in Ohio. The product labels listed as an ingredient methylene chloride, a banned cancer-causing chemical.
 In response to the Citizen Action letter, the FDA analyzed samples of "Streaks & Tips." "Methylene chloride was recovered from six (6) of the six samples analyzed. In response to these findings, Rite-Aid has decided to voluntarily recall these cosmetics," according to a Feb. 13 letter to Buchanan from Charles Sedgewick, director of the Compliance Branch of the FDA's Cincinnati office.
 The Right-to-Know Initiative, now before the Ohio legislature, would require warning labels on products with dangerous amounts of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. If the legislature doesn't pass the Right-to-Know Initiative by May 7, Citizen Action said supporters will gather signatures to put it on the November ballot.
 According to Hopkins, cosmetics are technically regulated by the FDA, whose jurisdiction is defined by a federal law which has not been updated since 1938. Cosmetics manufacturers are not required to register their products with the FDA, and are not required to prove that they are safe before putting them on the market. The FDA can investigate products, but the burden rests on the agency to prove they are not safe. Any stricter regulations must be enacted by states.
 Citizen Action is Ohio's largest consumer and environmental organization, with 500,000 dues-paying members. A non-profit, non-partisan group, Citizen Action was founded in 1976.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Hopkins of Citizen Action, 614-224-4111/ CO: Citizen Action ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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