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U.S. Virgin Islands Bans Sunscreens Harmful to Coral Reefs

U.S. Virgin Islands Bans Sunscreens Harmful to Coral Reefs

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Concerns over the harm many of today’s sunscreens can have on coral reefs have prompted the U.S. Virgin Islands government to ban the importation, sale, and possession of any sunscreen product that contains the active ingredients of oxybenzone, octinoxate, or octocrylene. The ban could help the reefs that surround Virgin Islands National Park, Buck Island Reef, and other National Park System reefs there.

The full ban takes effect March 30, 2020, with retailers prohibited from importing shipments of sunscreen containing these ingredients after September 30, 2019.

This makes the U.S. Virgin Islands the first jurisdiction that is compliant with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s recognition that only these two mineral ingredients are considered safe and effective over-the-counter sunscreen drugs.

Source: U.S. Virgin Islands press

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