Dan Mitchell’s “What’s Online” column in the New York Times featured Exposed this past Saturday:
If you want to know what’s in your food, finding out is easy enough — just look at the label. Federal law mandates that food producers list ingredients. Not so with makers of cosmetics, and millions of Americans have no idea what they are putting on their skin each day.
That is not the case in Europe, where the European Union has imposed strict limits on the chemicals that manufacturers can use in products ranging from body spray to bug spray.
A result, Mark Schapiro, an investigative journalist, says in his book, “Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power,” is not only that American consumers are more at risk than their European counterparts. Besides that, he says, the European Union is also gaining the upper hand in regulating the behavior of multinational corporations, and is thus amassing more economic power.