The 1906 Food and Drugs act, the first comprehensive federal law to regulate food and drugs, had many shortcomings. For example, medical devices and cosmetics were not included. Beginning in the 1920s FDA assembled exhibits (collectively referred to as the “chamber of horrors” by one observer) to illustrate the need for a stronger act, one illustration being Lash Lure, an aniline eyelash and eyebrow dye that injured several women, including at least one victim who was blinded.
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To learn more about how you can help FDA keep cosmetics safe, see the article and video "Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Tell FDA" at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm241820.htm