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Does your makeup contain controversial ‘forever chemicals’?

Marketplace tests popular makeup products for ‘forever chemicals’

Featured VideoCBC’s Marketplace tests eight products from popular makeup brands for so-called forever chemicals. The federal government is currently weighing whether to classify these chemicals as harmful to human health.

As the federal government weighs whether to regulate so-called forever chemicals as toxic, CBC’s Marketplace tested popular makeup brands for these chemicals and found measurable levels in three of four brands.

Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” are a group of more than 12,000 chemicals used in a variety of products — from makeup to raincoats to non-stick pans to fast-food packaging — to repel things like water, grease and dirt.

Miriam Diamond, an environmental chemist and professor at the University of Toronto, says while these characteristics make PFAS useful in our products, those same traits make PFAS persistent and hard to break down in our bodies and the environment.

“Ninety-nine per cent of Canadians have some level of PFAS in us. That’s an astonishing level,” said Diamond. PFAS that have been studied in detail have been linked to a variety of potential health effects, from higher cholesterol levels to increased risk of certain cancers.

This past summer, the Canadian government released a long-awaited draft report on PFAS and is expected to make a decision about classifying all of them as toxic to human health. Health Canada says it will release the final report as “expeditiously” as possible, but didn’t specify a date.

Diamond says PFAS can be found in makeup marketed as smudge-proof, long-lasting or waterproof.

To find out to what extent people are being exposed to PFAS through makeup sold in Canada, Marketplace sent foundations, mascaras and eyeliners for lab testing to see if PFAS were present, to identify the type of PFAS in them and determine how much of the identified PFAS the products contained. Read more

You can watch Marketplace’s latest investigation, “Chemical shock: Testing the makeup of your makeup” tonight at 8 p.m. (8:30 in N.L.) on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

Social media apps that facilitate sextortion blamed for not doing enough to prevent it

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Social media companies like Meta and Snap Inc. have been updating their security features throughout 2023 to combat sextortion facilitated through their apps as the number of cases in Canada is reported to be on the rise.

According to the latest data from Cybertip, reports of sextortion in Canada have reached new highs, with 4,952 instances reported between June 2022 and the end of September 2023.

Sextortion is the practice of acquiring something, usually money, by threatening to expose a victim’s nude or explicit photos or videos online.

Across North America, CBC News found more than a dozen media reports of teens who died by suicide in incidents linked to sextortion in the past two years.

Cybertip also collects data indicating on which platform victims met their extortionists. Eighty per cent of the reports mention either Instagram or Snapchat, with complaints split in roughly equal numbers.

While the efforts of social media companies have helped remove leaked photos and videos from the internet and provided some support for victims, experts say they do little to actually prevent the abuse from happening in the first place.

Meta and Snap say they’re working on solutions. Meta, which owns Instagram and Facebook, says it sends alerts to users when they are contacted by an unknown account that it deems suspicious, such as an adult who recently followed many minors or was blocked by someone under 18. Snap Inc., which owns Snapchat, said it is starting to issue similar warnings.

Both companies say they have made it harder for adults to discover teen accounts or interact with them if they don’t have mutual friends. Read more

Canadian Tire told student her used SUV was safe, but missed a dangerous flaw during required inspection

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Last winter, Tara Harper had good reason to think she was buying a safe vehicle. The used SUV had recently passed a safety inspection at a Winnipeg Canadian Tire.

But when it broke down just 20 minutes after she handed over $5,000 to the private seller in early February — the 20-year-old college student found herself with a vehicle too dangerous to drive and no recourse.

“My car just suddenly broke down in the middle of a turning lane,” said Harper, who worked minimum wage jobs for more than a year to afford the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. “I was really, really furious. It was my first car.”

The seller fixed the engine problem, but it made Harper question how safe the vehicle really was despite what Canadian Tire said.

So in early March, she brought the vehicle to Todd Holmes, a certified mechanic and a family friend.

“As soon as he put it on the hoist, he told us he was going to stop right there because it was an instant fail. We shouldn’t drive it,” said Harper’s dad, Paul Skirzyk.

The frame was corroded, Holmes said. His finding was later confirmed by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) during a third inspection on March 30 — which also found 10 more safety issues.

“It could be very catastrophic,” Holmes told Go Public. “You have a frame that disintegrates during an accident, it could cost someone their lives.”

Harper and her family fought for compensation for more than three months. They say the seller blamed Canadian Tire for failing to catch the problems, MPI wouldn’t help and a manager at the Canadian Tire location said it wasn’t the company’s problem.

Go Public contacted Winnipeg’s Polo Park Canadian Tire franchise and the company’s head office. The company then reimbursed Harper what she paid for the vehicle, calling it a “goodwill gesture,” according to an email from the company’s head office.

The company told Go Public that all “protocols were followed” by the location that did the initial inspection and that the authorized mechanic “believed that the vehicle met the requirements” to be granted a Certificate of Inspection, indicating it was safe to drive.

Canadian Tire said the damage to the frame could have happened when the engine was replaced. Read more

What else is going on?

A passenger was forced to drag himself off an Air Canada flight after the airline failed to provide wheelchair assistance
A representative from Air Canada has apologized, admitting they were “in violation of the disability regulations.”

940,000 Insignia pressure cookers recalled in Canada and U.S. due to burn risk
There havebeen 17 injuries reported in the United States, none in Canada.

This refugee family was relocated to a hotel after their rental was infested with mice and co*ckroaches
In Ontario it’s the landlord’s responsibility to treat pests, but this landlord is saying the pestsentered the home because the family didn’t keep it clean.

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What makeup brands have PFAS in them? ›

More than 50% of the products tested contained high levels of PFAS. Researchers noted that brands including Essence, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon and Wet 'n Wild were purchased at Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond from 2016 to 2020.

What are CBC forever chemicals marketplace? ›

CBC's Marketplace tests eight products from popular makeup brands for so-called forever chemicals. The federal government is currently weighing whether to classify these chemicals as harmful to human health.

What's really in your makeup? ›

Makeup is made primarily of water, preservatives, thickening agents, emulsifiers, moisturizers, coloring agents, and fragrances.

How do I know if PFAS is in my makeup? ›

The FDA states that some common PFAS “used as ingredients in cosmetics include PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane, perfluorononyl dimethicone, perfluorodecalin, and perfluorohexane,” so you can check your products for any of those, as well as looking them up in EWG's Skin Deep database.

What products still contain PFAS? ›

Where are PFAS found?
  • Cleaning products.
  • Water-resistant fabrics, such as rain jackets, umbrellas and tents.
  • Grease-resistant paper.
  • Nonstick cookware.
  • Personal care products, like shampoo, dental floss, nail polish, and eye makeup.
  • Stain-resistant coatings used on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics.
Apr 10, 2024

Do Burt's Bees products contain PFAS? ›

Diamond says the likely reason Burt's Bees products were flagged in the pre-screen is because they have hectorite and mica — a mineral and clay — which both contain fluorine. In a statement, Burt's Bees said it was not surprised by Marketplace's test results, as the company doesn't use PFAS in its products.

What is the lawsuit against prime hydration? ›

Logan Paul, KSI's Prime Hydration faces lawsuit over the “harmful chemicals” in its bottles. Recent reports have raised the alarm about the presence of “forever chemicals” like polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) in food items and consumer products, and Prime Hydration is one brand that has been put under the microscope.

What company owns CBC? ›

CBC Television (also known as CBC TV) is a Canadian English-language broadcast television network owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national public broadcaster.

Does Clinique use PFAS? ›

Compared to our new investigation, this means a drop of 27 products containing PFAS. Several brands appear to have stopped the use of PFAS in their products entirely. These are brands such as Origins, IsaDora, Clinique, The Body Shop, and M.A.C.

How to find out if makeup is toxic? ›

Curious about whether the cosmetics you are using are safe? Check out the Skin Deep database, a search tool created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to see if the specific cosmetics you are using contain harmful ingredients and search for safer alternatives.

How do I know if my makeup has phthalates? ›

Consumers can tell whether some products contain phthalates by reading the ingredient declaration on the labels of such products. However, the regulations do not require the listing of the individual fragrance or flavor, or their specific ingredients. Fragrance or flavor may be listed as such.

Which makeup brands do not use PFAS? ›

Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
  • Beautycounter (all products, policy)
  • Credo (all products, policy) ...
  • H&M (all store brand products, policy)
  • Sephora (Clean at Sephora products, policy)
  • Whole Foods Market (all products, policy)

What food has PFAS? ›

For our 2022 targeted seafood survey, we detected PFAS in 74% (60 out of 81) of the samples of clams, cod, crab, pollock, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, and tuna.

Does toothpaste contain PFAS? ›

Fluoride in toothpaste is not the same as PFAS

Fluoride in toothpaste is sometimes confused with harmful fluorinated substances, also called PFAS. But they are not the same. Fluorinated substances are used, among other things, to make outdoor clothing, frying pans, or dental floss water-, dirt-, and grease-repellent.

What companies are exposed to PFAS? ›

Which companies manufacture PFAS? Companies that have reported use to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include Arkema, Asahi, BASF (Ciba), Clariant, Daikin, DuPont (PFAS business now under the name Chemours), Dyneon/3M, and Solvay.

Does Bare Minerals Foundation have PFAS? ›

bareMinerals Cosmetics

Included among bareMinerals products is the PFAS Makeup, which includes, but is not limited to, BAREPRO® Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20, BAREPRO® 16-Hr Full Coverage Concealer, BAREPRO® Longwear Lipstick, Original Liquid Mineral Foundation, GEN NUDE® Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Does CoverGirl makeup contain PFAS? ›

CoverGirl Cosmetics faces a lawsuit after Toxin Free USA found evidence of PFAS "Forever Chemicals" in CoverGirl makeup products sold to the public as “sustainable.”


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