MAC Cosmetics says it is the first company in the cosmetics industry to publicly acknowledge using harmful chemicals in its cosmetics.
The company has said it does not use any hazardous materials, but it says it does test products and uses safe, environmentally friendly methods to make its products.
The company said on Monday it had been asked by a consumer advocacy group to reveal more about the safety of its cosmetics and said it would be open to sharing more information.
“We’ve been working closely with environmental and consumer advocacy groups to address concerns raised by consumers,” said CEO Livia Macys in a statement.
“Today, we are pleased to be releasing more information about the use of harmful chemicals used in our cosmetics.”
The announcement came as a new federal government plan to ban most synthetic chemicals including formaldehyde, methylene chloride, brominated flame retardants and other toxic chemicals has been approved.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposed rules would reduce the amount of chemicals used and could lead to safer products.
A chemical company said Monday that it is investigating whether it may have used formaldehyde and methylene chlorate in some of its products and would look into the matter, according to the Associated Press.
The news comes as President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will ban most chemical products used in the U.K. from entering the country.
It also comes after Trump signed an executive action to impose restrictions on chemical imports from China.