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HV Congresswoman Lauds New Sunscreen Product Labeling

Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

There’s a new requirement for wording on sunscreen products. And a New York Congresswoman is behind the change.

Sunscreen manufacturers must now disclose if their products protect against both cancer-causing UVA rays and sunburn-causing UVB rays. Previously, the Food and Drug Administration required sunscreen labels to provide only information on protection against UVB radiation. Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Westchester Monday, praising the new regulations along with a local dermatologist and product safety expert at Consumers Union, an advocacy organization affiliated with Consumer Reports. Lowey says the new consumer protection laws, which went into effect in December 2012, are the result of legislation she authored in 2007 - the “Sunscreen Consumer Right to Know Act.”

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