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Radioactivity: Japanese cosmetics are safe!

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After the nuclear accident in the Fukushima-Daiichi power, plant and the nuclear contamination which ensued, some consumers worried, even in Europe: are cosmetics manufactured in Japan, with water from the country, radioactive? A press release issued by the Japanese industry gives reassuring clues.

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April 21, 2011

The press release from the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association was issued on March 30, 2011.

"Various reports regarding the accident are released every day by the Japanese Government as well as by media including radioactive substances detected in drinking water and agricultural products in some area near to Fukushima, this text begins. Many consumers must have concerns about the safety of cosmetics manufactured in Japan. The Japan Cosmetic Industry Association would like to extend the following message to consumers who hope to use cosmetics without concern. Cosmetic products manufactured in Japan are safe".

To support this, Japanese manufacturers point out that:

1. Cosmetics are manufactured in in-door environments highly controlling extraneous substances and particles. The possibility that radioactive substances in the atmosphere would affect the production process is extremely low.

2. Provided that the water with acceptable standard level of radioactive substances applied to drinking water designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is used in  the entire manufacturing process, and that the product is used every day for one year, the total amount of radiation exposure from the cosmetic product would be infinitesimal and would have no effect on human health.

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