MooGoo Skin Care sunscreen manufacturer founder Craig Jones has called on Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to make it mandatory for all ingredients in Australian sunscreens to be clearly visible on labels.
“We are constantly told to ‘slip, slop, slap’, but do Australians really know what’s in their sunscreen? The answer is ‘no’. Last summer, hundreds of children and adults were ‘burned’ by the ingredients contained in certain sunscreens,” said the skin care company in a statement.
MooGoo Skin Care said there seems to be little to no discussion regarding the impact concealed chemicals in common sunscreens can have on people’s skin and the environment.
“At the moment, sunscreens do not have to show all of their ingredients – only the ‘active’ ingredients and ‘preservatives’ need to be on the labels. The majority of ingredients are hidden,” Jones said.
“This is a public health hazard at a time when so many people have allergies. The regulator of sunscreens recently reviewed sunscreen labels and on the advice of ‘stakeholders’ decided to keep the status quo. That means ingredients will continue to be hidden from the public. One can only guess what ‘stakeholders’ benefit by continuing to keep most ingredients secret.
“I am not questioning the safety or efficacy of any particular sunscreen, just the right for consumers to know what is in them. There are several Australian sunscreen manufacturers that voluntarily show their ingredients.”
Jones founded MooGoo Skin Care and has been in the industry for more than 12 years. He said he believed the TGA needed to be completely transparent with consumers and let them understand why not all ingredients are expected to be listed. Each day, more Australians are diagnosed with the deadly skin disease melanoma. More than 13,941 people were diagnosed with melanoma and almost 2000 lives lost to it this year.
“There’s never been a more important time to really educate ourselves on the sunscreens we so heavily rely on,” added Jones.