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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 IHE IRHMIOCE HHAID Monday, April 13, YWCA News Ladies Keep Fit and S w i m classes will be held as MJww: Monday Keep Fit 7 to 8 p.m., t to 9 p.m. Swim 8 to 9 p.m., 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday morn- ing Keep Fit to a.m., Swim to a.m. This is the third week of the new Spring Session and there are a tew for those wishing to 'begin there are eight weeks still to go in the series. These classes are held at the Civic Centre and are provided in cooperation with the City Parks and Recreate Department. Babysitting pro- vided for all morning classes. Blue triangles (8 to 12 years) will be held at the following icnoob: Tuesday: Agnes Dav- 'idwn and Wed- nesday: Susie Bawden, Thurs- day: Idkeview, GafcraKh and Senator Buchanan. Deb Teens: Monday at Ag- nes Davidson, Tuesday at Wil- son Junior High. There will be a leaders' meeting on Monday at at the YVt'CA, sup- per on fee house. All leaders -please attend. The program committee will also be present at this meeting. The four lead- ers who have returned from the 'Melting Pot' Banff Conference wUl give their reports. Pro- committee meeting to fol- low'. English classes will be held at the north side library, Wed- nesday, 2 to p.m. A World Sen-ice Tea with an International flavor will be held at the YWCA on Thursday, April M, both afternoon and evening. The Shin Game Part One What's Really In That Jar Of Cream? PRIZE WINNERS OF THE DtSSKT MIDGE Sponwree1 by rhe WorW Servke of Y.W.C.A. I. A. JACO.SON (high) and S. McDONAlD (hidden) (One hundred million dollars a year is spent on cosmetics in Canada, or a littVe better than K for every woman, man, and child. In the U.S. the multi-billion dollar cosmetics indus- try is causing concern through a lack of regulation of the thousands of tons of oils, waxes, resins, solvents, detergents and dyes. Following is the first of six articles by Ruth Winter, the author of Poisons in Your Food (Crown, 1969) and How to Save on Your Medical Costs to be published ia the fall. Al- though Canada's Food and Drugs Act does include cosmetics, SiKi axi Diiig Dirreicrate department of Health and Welfare is responsible for ensuring that all cos- metic preparations for sale are harmless, the series will be of sufficient interest to the Canadian By RUTH WINTER Copyright, Woeiea'i News Strvke NEW YORK Within 72 hours, six out of 13 critically ill patients in the intensive care unit of a New England hospital developed blood poisoning. Similar Kfe-threateniiig outbreaks of' infections occurred in other hospitals and nursing bonies in the area. An alert Massachusetts physician noted that many of the patients involved in the outbreaks had one thing in common. Their doctors and nurses used hand lotion. Hand lotion and many other cosmetic products are par- ticularly suitable for the growth of bacteria because they con- tain water and organic material. The outbreak of blood poisoning was traced to hand lotion- in an intensive care unit dispenser. The Boston District Laboratories of the U.S. FDA checked further. Microbiologists found 19 out of 20 bottles of commer- cial hand lotion from three different batches contained pseudo- moEas, a bacteria which causes human infections that do cot respond well to known medications. Count of pseudomonas in the bottles ranged from to three million. All across ihe country today, men with itching face rashes are appearing at their physicians' offices. Toe cause? A new aerosol product which, dispenses heated shaving cream, which affects certain men adversely. Women who painted nail hardeners on their finger nails a few months ago found their nails curling up and splitting open. The nail hardeners contained foncaldehyde used to pre- serve dead spechnens in laboratories. Americans buy cosmetics at the rate of billion a year. Lipsticks are purchased at the rate of a year; deodorants at hair products at a whopping nail enamel and polish at and shaving creams at Yet, there is no registration of cosmetic companies. Anyone can go into business, no matter how dirty or dangerous their ingredients. NO PRE-TESTTNG There is no pre-lesling of cosmetics required by American .law. There is no reporting of adverse effects, and no require- ment that ingredients be put on the label The FDA caa act only after a consumer is injured arid that injury is reported. The burden of proof that a cosmetic fa hazardous is upon the government. The FDA must develop the necessary evidence to win a court case. In the meantime, unscrupulous or careless manufacturers can rake in the aooey. Former U.S. Food wxt Drug Commissioner Herbert L. Ley Jr., MD, said in 1969: "During a routine inspection of a coast cosmetics manufacturer, we discovered that the firm had recalled a hair conditioner because of mold contamination. How many lubes and jars were recalled? The firm refused to say. Lot numbers? The firm refused to give them. Area of distri- bution? Again, no. answer." Dr. Ley told cosmetics manufacturers: "I have no interest in seeking to unravel the mysteries of the exotic craft you practise simply as an end in itself. But there are substances and they are not uncommon, when lack of information translates quite directly into lack of consumer protection." The acutely undermanned and much beleaguered Food and Drug Administratioo is responsible for the thousands of manu- facturers who produce drugs, foods, and cosmetics in the United States. There are fewer than 800 inspectors to do it all and the entire FDA budget is less than the price of an atomic submarine. Less than one per cent of the budget is spent on cosmetics and the new commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Charles C. Ed- wards, has given cosmetics the lowest priority. Out of the samples analyzed in 1969 at the FDA's Bureau of Science Laboratories, only 102 were cosmetics sam- ples, and those were processed as the result of cosmetic injury complaints. According to the U.S. National Commission on Product Safety in 1869, cosmetics ranked second to glass bottles as a cause of injury. "Cosmetics such as eye shadow, hair sprays, nail harden- ers, lotions, etc., all classified as beauty aids, when used by claimants resulted in dermatitis, loss of hair, severe allergic reactions, bums, itching and lacerations to various parts of the the Commission report slated. Cosmetics manufacturers who have their good names to protect, and who want to fend off law suits by irate customers, do check their own products. In 1969, for instance, a manu- facturer recalled bottles of liquid eyeliner because of pseudomonas contamination, and a few weeks earlier, a differ- ent manufacturer recalled vials of eyeliner bcause of suspected bacterial contamination. NO LOT NUMBERS A well-known manufacturer recalled nearly gallons of baby lotion because of bacterial contamination in January, 1369. Recalls, generally, are very difficult. Cosrnetics manufac- turers have refused to put lot numbers on container labels. Some print lot numbers on the bottom of toe bottles with ink which smears and rubs off. Nearly all hazardous cosmetics are discovered after they are on the market by consumers and not by FDA agents. Irving Feldman, Educational Services Officer, FDA, New York District, said in an interview that the FDA will investigate a consumer's complaint, usually within five days, if the com- plaint is serious enough. But legally, they can investigate a food, drug, or cosmetic product only if it n sold across the state lines. Furthermore, the FDA has only 16 chemists in its cos- meiics division in WhShmgtw. They cannot check each new chemical before it is used in a cosmetic. The few FDA chen> ists scattered abound the country to check microbiological con- tamination of foods, drugs and cosmetics, cannot adequately check for this hazard either. The FDA has repeatedly tried to eet firms to pre-test their chemicals and then submit the data to the FDA as drug firms DOW do. Efforts to get such legislation passed have failed. i In addition, the FDA just tost a case in which it tried to have approval of the colors in finished cosmetic products. H now has the power lo certify colors in foods and drugs. The courts ruled the FDA did not have the righl, under present law, to certify finished cosmetics. NO STANDARDS There are no official standards for cosmetics manufacture. The Toilet Goods Association published some a number of years ago, but these are not official. Dr. James Goddard, former Food and Drug Commissioner, said m April 23, 1368: "Decades ago, when talcum powder was the only cosmetic a respectable woman would use, the problem was simple and unsophisticaled. Today, we use an almost in- finite variety of chemicals including the new synthetics and new packaging may cause adverse reactions and allergic conditions not even dreamed of a generation ago: "The problem of chemistry and its impact on dermatology is compounded by considerations in the field of microbiology. The cosmetics industry has always been concerned with mi- crobiological contamination of cosmetics. But while we have know about the spoilage of cosmetics through microbiological contamination, we must now also be concerned with those microorganisms which by themselves are potentially harmful -not just to the cosmetic but to the person using it." Dr. Goddard concluded: "This means the cosmetics indus- try must adopt the kind of manufacturing standards which are accepted in the pharmaceutical icdustry where raicrobiologica] contamination can cause very serious problems." History and tradition are alive and well and living in Britain, And, nowhere is the present more alive and exciting, all year round. Fly BOAC to London, Manchester or Glasgow on (he new lower'than ever Way individual economy ejtairswn air feres (use oor. Bndjet-Afr Plan with a small deposit and the balance over two Ast year BQAC or Aft Canada travel agent 'own Xi N'u Chapter, Sigma Phi, t.oM its model meet- ing and rushing party Gypsy Rendezvous at the home of Mrs. A. Foder, 22M St., Coaldale, Tuesday tvenix at I p.m. Special guests will be: Mn. S Andres, Mrs. R. Dorrem, Mrs. N.'Hall, Mrs. W. Mrs. N. Matteoiti, and J. Reive from Kappa chapter; Mrs. J. Fekete, Mrs. D. Perry from Tau chapter and Jfa. R. Ellis, Mrs. L. StneleoB from Sigma Mrs. D. Anton, formerly of Brooks. Mrs. William Palmer and Mrs. Gordon Dudley vere hos- tesses at a miscellaneous shower at Ihe home of UK lat- ter in honor of Mrs. PbiDip Jones (nee Jean GregMn) BOW of Calgary. The Portuguese and Sparnsb introduced sugar cane In the Western Hemisphere in the ISh century. Qty People In Country Happy While Commuting EDMONTON cityiRyley, 50-foot lots go for families find happiness in the At Tofield, closer to Edmonton, country? the price is about 5250. it's within commuting distance, say about 50 families in an area 45 to 65 miles south- east of Edmonton. They've ex- perienced eight months of country city commuting and they're happy. They Eve in Holden, Ryley 54 and 45 miles from Edmonton and they were attracted initiaV- hr by a promotion from the Highway 14 towns, offering low- cost homes, small-town aur- roundmgs and most city ameni- ties. Many of the husbands are construction workers with jobs all across Alberta; others have steady jobs in the city. The trip on Highway 14 is a bit of a chore, agreed the men. The Hghway has not seen any nn- pronment hr an, and there are some precarious sec- tions. Driving time to downtown Edmonton is about an hour to 1% hours from Hokteo. But there are compensations. SAFE FOR RIDING "I've got two boys, eight and said Tom Shaughnessy, an electrical worker about to bead oat to a job in Fort Mc- Morray. "One is crazy about horseback riding; the other loves bis bike. "On the Sooth Side (Edmon- we cooUn't let the one ride his bike and there were no horses. Here, it's wonderful. We never give it a thought. One kid gets lot of riding, the other B on his take an toe time. No worries." an cheaper, ranging from a month for a three- bedraom home in Holden to a Hrii of in TofieH. Mel Warm of HoUen said mortgage in the town are about although banks and mortgage companies some- times are a little reluctant to provide loans in small towns. Taxes also stand up well in comparison to those in a city. Tofield town secretary Reta Halverson said there they aver- age less than a year. Ful- ly-serviced building lots also are reasonable. In Holden and LA. TO F.0.1 BINGO Monday, April JACKPOT NOS. "20 AlARM BINGO" CoM Card DevMa Door (Many other tegular Corti Me or 5 for St and Mi Aw. 'A' V No chiMren Under It Are Celebrating __ __ Their ANNIVERSARY With the Introduction of the 70 Admiral Appliances 25" COLOR TV huluiii pMy low toy Auto overload protection rWet firw limiitf Auto dtjontf Natural colon Front mounted Walnut grain rinidi 1 year wofraMy and pMorotobo WITH TRAM ONIY m I takes good care of you Female Freedom Good For Family Says Speaker OTTAWA (CP) The 1970s Hill belong increasingly to women and eventually the fam- ily cooid be better off as a re- suH, the Vanier of the Family was told Friday night. Prof. Harold Feldman, family studies specialist at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., pre- dicted the women's liberation movement will gather steam, men will take greater part in household activities and resis- tance to consumer will spread, The end result, he lold tht closing session of the Institute's two day annual meeting, may be "a beginning of drawing together of the family." "to some ways, this Is the es sence of the women's liberation movement liberation o men to really enjoy women am family." 25" COLOR TV play Preset fine tuning Avfo-Fine tuning contiw control 1 front mounted leeoVert Walnut veneer cabinet with working trwh OK ONIY m MONTH NO DOWN PAYMENT Uf TO M MONTHS TO PAT We Take Grain In Trade TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU 7tn St. S. 1031 M Art. S. Fhene ;