This month sunscreen companies were supposed to role out new labels that follow strict guidelines on the claims companies can make about their products. Now consumers will have to wait until next summer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed the deadline for clearer labeling until December.


Anyone who’s gone to the drug store knows that the labels on sunscreens can be confusing. The sun protection factor, or SPF, numbers are all over the place. Some say “sunblock” others says “sunscreen.” What’s the difference between “water-proof” versus “water-resistant?”

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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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