Sunscreen Chemicals Found in Blood Plasma

The results of a study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were released recently and confirmed concerns raised in a study last year by the same researcher (JAMA sunscreen study ). The trial used 48 volunteers to assess the absorption of six ingredients - avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate and octinoxate - in four sunscreen products, lotions and sprays. All six chemicals administered were absorbed and had blood concentrations so high the FDA decided further safety studies were required to determine the effect of exposure to these ingredients. Australian industry body Accord Australasia commented that the FDA study is part of ongoing work being undertaken by the US regulator and the Therapeutic Goods Administration is aware of these studies. Additionally, Accord notes that the study used elevated dosing regimes, which do not reflect the normal use of sunscreens by consumers.    Source: Toby Crockford, Brisbane Times Sunscreen study .    (Please see also Personal Care Products Council response to this reported study: PCPC study response )

Pristine Pacific Paradise the First Country to Ban Alleged Reef-Bleaching Sunscreen

Pacific holiday spot Palau has taken a radical step towards protecting its marine life by banning sunscreen chemicals linked to concerns about potential coral bleaching. From 1 January 2020, sunscreen that includes ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate is no longer allowed to be worn or sold. The compounds are commonly used in sunscreen formulas as they absorb ultraviolet-A rays. It isn’t the only nation leading the way, with Hawaii revealing in 2018 it was also legislating a ban against sunscreen that contained the alleged toxic chemicals. That law comes into effect from January 1, 2021.    Source: Emilia Mazza, Sunscreen ban     (The Australian Industry body Accord Australasia response says that Australian regulators and a number of prominent Queensland reef scientists remain unconvinced by the evidence supporting these overseas bans. Accord cites the following article by Prof Terry Hughes in The Conversation as a balanced, independent view on the science behind the real-world challenges to the Great Barrier Reef - Accord response )  

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