USDA and FDA both Confirm that Cosmetics Made with “Organic” Ingredients are no Safer

Since the beginning of the United States “National Organic Program” the agency heading up this program, the United States Department Of Agriculture (USDA), has stated that “organic” is a lifestyle preference, not an indication of safety. Neither organic foods nor organic cosmetics/personal care products are any safer than those not making this claim. This month, the FDA chimed in with their thoughts on whether or not organic ingredients are any safer, “No. An ingredient source does not determine its safety; for example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic… All cosmetic products and ingredients are subject to the same safety requirement: They must be safe for consumers under label or customary conditions of use. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products and ingredients are safe for the intended use.”

For the FDA’s Complete Statement on “Organic Cosmetics” see the link below.