APNewsBreak: Calif. finds toxins in nail polishes



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have found some nail polishes used and sold in salons that are advertised as free of a so-called “toxic trio” of chemicals have high levels of agents known to cause birth defects.

A Department of Toxic Substances Control report to be released Tuesday determined that the mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of women who work in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers.

The report found that 10 of 12 products that claimed to be free of the chemical toluene actually contained it, with four products having dangerously high levels.

The DTSC’s report also found that five-of-seven products that claim to be free of the trio — formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate, or DBP — actually contained one or more of them.