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senate Bill S. 1375

Should the FDA Develop ‘Reef Safe’ Label Standards for Sunscreens?

Argument in favor

Oxybenzone and octinoxate are linked to numerous problems for marine life that live around coral reefs. As such, sunscreen customers who want to be environmentally friendly should be able to buy sunscreens that are clearly labeled as “reef safe” due to lack of these (and other reef-harming) ingredients.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Reef systems around the world are already struggling with bleaching events and pollution. Sunscreen smothers the coral polyps and hasten the demise of our most important fish habitats. Even if you don’t care about the environment, if you like to eat fish you should be on board with finding ways to protect their nurseries. Reed Safe products are already many places in the US Oceania, and in island countries around the world. I think it’s a good idea to do what we can and this is a relatively small thing that can make a big impact in protecting our ocean system.
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jimK's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Is this the most pressing issue of the day? NO! Are people generally concerned about environmental ecosystems? YES! Can the FDA provide this service without spending excessive taxpayer dollars? YES! So this is an easy to achieve goal, that many if not most would want, it is a step toward protecting ocean ecosystems- so YES do it. ... ... When I was young my beloved grandmother had a saying: “Every little bit helps, said the old man as he peed into the ocean”. Kind of the same principal here.
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Joanne 's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Save the reefs. Save the oceans. Save the planet. Oh, yeah and us too.
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Argument opposed

Reef-safe sunscreens are less effective than sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate and their widespread use could increase the incidence of skin cancer and potentially lead to a public health crisis. That’s not a risk worth taking when considering the other environmental factors harming coral reefs.

NoHedges's Opinion
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08/10/2019
This is already being done in the US Virgin Islands I would prefer congress focus on protecting the ACTUAL GOD DAMN VOTERS, to include future voters. Key Points Question What is the maximum plasma concentration of active ingredients of various types of sunscreen formulations under maximal use conditions? Findings In this randomized clinical trial that included 24 healthy participants and application of 4 commercially available sunscreen formulations, maximum plasma concentrations (geometric mean [coefficient of variation]) for the active ingredient avobenzone were 4.0 (60.9%), 3.4 (77.3%), 4.3 (46.1%), and 1.8 (32.1%) ng/mL for 2 different sprays, a lotion, and a cream, respectively. Meaning The systemic absorption of sunscreen active ingredients supports the need for further studies to determine the clinical significance of these findings. 🎯Translation:There is scientific evidence that some of the chemicals in sun screen may be harmful to HUMANS (these are the species that vote). ❌Coral reefs do not vote 💄Protect the voters,
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ColonelMoose's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Seriously??? Sunscreen??? That’s how you’re spending our time and tax dollars??? Do these people even take their jobs seriously anymore?
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ark4162's Opinion
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08/10/2019
The 10th amendment says "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Now show me the page, section or paragraph in the Constitution where is says the federal government should have anything to do with drugs, medicine, treatments, prevention or general health care in any way.
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    Reef systems around the world are already struggling with bleaching events and pollution. Sunscreen smothers the coral polyps and hasten the demise of our most important fish habitats. Even if you don’t care about the environment, if you like to eat fish you should be on board with finding ways to protect their nurseries. Reed Safe products are already many places in the US Oceania, and in island countries around the world. I think it’s a good idea to do what we can and this is a relatively small thing that can make a big impact in protecting our ocean system.
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    This is already being done in the US Virgin Islands I would prefer congress focus on protecting the ACTUAL GOD DAMN VOTERS, to include future voters. Key Points Question What is the maximum plasma concentration of active ingredients of various types of sunscreen formulations under maximal use conditions? Findings In this randomized clinical trial that included 24 healthy participants and application of 4 commercially available sunscreen formulations, maximum plasma concentrations (geometric mean [coefficient of variation]) for the active ingredient avobenzone were 4.0 (60.9%), 3.4 (77.3%), 4.3 (46.1%), and 1.8 (32.1%) ng/mL for 2 different sprays, a lotion, and a cream, respectively. Meaning The systemic absorption of sunscreen active ingredients supports the need for further studies to determine the clinical significance of these findings. 🎯Translation:There is scientific evidence that some of the chemicals in sun screen may be harmful to HUMANS (these are the species that vote). ❌Coral reefs do not vote 💄Protect the voters,
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    Is this the most pressing issue of the day? NO! Are people generally concerned about environmental ecosystems? YES! Can the FDA provide this service without spending excessive taxpayer dollars? YES! So this is an easy to achieve goal, that many if not most would want, it is a step toward protecting ocean ecosystems- so YES do it. ... ... When I was young my beloved grandmother had a saying: “Every little bit helps, said the old man as he peed into the ocean”. Kind of the same principal here.
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    Save the reefs. Save the oceans. Save the planet. Oh, yeah and us too.
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    Yes, when the reefs die, the ocean dies, when the ocean dies we die. if that is not enough for people to take this seriously what is?
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    The FDA must act on behalf of the people and the planet, not big business.
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    Absolutely. How about just listing all ingredients that should never be used and banning any sunscreen products that use those ingredients. We did this for CFCs that destroy the ozone.
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    This effort shouldn’t require much in the way of an investment. We pretty much know which chemicals kill off coral reefs the only other thing to do is setup labeling standards to easily identify coral safe products.
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    Coral reefs are critical for the health of our seas around the world! Runoff from the use of sunscreen is just one things that harms reefs, but we need to ensure that are underwater ecosystems are protected!
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    Continue to show the sun screen protection number as we now have. If a product is also reef safe add that label.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Senate bill S. 1375 AKA the Reef Safe Act of 2019 👍🏻👍🏻 lm in support of and recommend the passage of the Senate bill S. 1375 AKA the Reef Safe Act of 2019 which would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop standards for a “Reef Safe” label for sunscreens. In developing this criteria, the FDA would be required to consider active sunscreen ingredients’ effects on marine wildlife’s mortality and development and consult with appropriate federal agency heads, including the EPA Administrator and NOAA Administrator. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are linked to numerous problems for marine life that live around coral reefs. As such, sunscreen customers who want to be environmentally friendly should be able to buy sunscreens that are clearly labeled as “reef safe” due to lack of these (and other reef-harming) ingredients. SneakyPete..... 🤷🏼‍♂️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤷‍♀️. 8.10.19.....
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    Yes, the EU nations have already developed more protective reef sunscreens although the FDA continues to drag their feet on testing just like they do with life saving medications. Preserve our reefs!
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    Save the reefs but in a way that’s safe to stop skin cancer as well!
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    Worldwide, reefs are in decline and indicates ocean health. The less we contribute to their decline the better.
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    Coral reefs are the infrastructure of the sea
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    We need to protect our environment any way we can.
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    This planet won’t last forever!
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    Yes, better to be safe.
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    Yes, but Trump will not allow anything to hurt profits.
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    Yes. Provide direction to sunscreen makers that coral corroding ingredients should be abolished immediately.
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