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Sunscreen label changes expected, but not before summer

from Southeast Missourian

June 18, 2010 issue: A clearer, more meaningful standard for sunscreen labels is coming soon to a lotion near you, but not in time for the summer beach season that kicked off Memorial Day weekend. The Food and Drug Administration is working to finish new labeling rules that have been years in the making but will not be implemented before October. The current labeling system for sunscreen products is problematical, concedes Dr. James Spencer, spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology. But as millions throng to the beaches, he counsels: "Sunscreen is the best you can do for now, and we're working on better." The idea behind the new federal regulations is to make labels less confusing, so consumers know exactly what kind of protection they're getting. more

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