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COSMETICS GROUP AFFIRMS SAFETY OF NAIL POLISH: CHARGES ADVOCACY GROUP WITH USING SCARE TACTICS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- "Every nail polish on the market can be used safely," asserts Jim Mattesich, environmental attorney with Livingston & Mattesich in Sacramento. "To allege otherwise is great for media grandstanding, but such statements are false and a disservice to women who use and apply nail polish," said Mattesich.
 Mattesich represents The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) in a countersuit it has filed against a local, recently formed litigation group, As You Sow (AYS), to stop its unsubstantiated claims that certain nail polish manufacturers have violated Proposition 65. Proposition 65 is a California law requiring public warnings of exposure to certain chemicals above specified levels.
 "The levels of toluene in nail polish are enough to make it flow smoothly, and that's it," said Mattesich. "We know the actual levels of exposure because we had expert scientists measure what happens under a variety of situations. AYS simply calculated hypothetical exposures based upon exaggerated assumptions, not real data. They don't have any solid figures, and they're bluffing cosmetics manufacturers and consumers as well. AYS seeks to try its case in the media. We've filed suit against AYS to ask a court to put a stop to its scare tactics," said Mattesich.
 State health professionals recently affirmed that the exposure level that triggers the Proposition 65 warning is higher than it previously reported. This further confirms the safety of toluene in normal use in nail enamel.
 "It's not surprising some companies opted to avoid costly lawsuits by settling with AYS. They are simply deciding to avoid the substantial costs of fighting this in court, a decision that has nothing to do with the merits of the case, said Mattesich. In the meantime, CTFA and many companies will vigorously contest their lawsuit with AYS. "Consumers should have confidence that all nail polish on the market can be used safely," he added.
 CTFA is the national trade association representing the cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance industry. It was founded in 1894 and has an active membership of approximately 240 companies that manufacture or distribute the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the United States. CTFA also includes approximately 278 associate member companies, including manufacturers of raw materials, trade and consumer magazines, and other related industries.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Mattesich of Livingston & Mattesich, 916-442-1111; Irene Malbin of the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association in Washington, 202-331-1770; or Barry Goode of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, 415-393-2000/


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