New system would rate how effectively sunscreen blocks harmful UVA rays
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Just in time for the summer vacation, the FDA is revamping its labeling rules for sunscreen to give consumers more accurate information about how well various products protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
The new rules would include a four-star rating system that would inform consumers how effectively the products block ultraviolet A (UVA) light. Labeling would also include information on other ways people can limit their risks to dangers posed by overexposure to sunlight.
As part of the changes, the FDA is doing more education to help people understand the effects of solar radiation. Both UVA and UVB are types of ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun.The atmosphere’s ozone layer blocks most of this radiation, the UV light that gets through can cause problems. (more…)
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