Senate HELP Hearing Focuses On WEN, High-Profile Cosmetic Safety Issues
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee members used the hearing as an opportunity to gain insight into current safety-assurance practices in the cosmetics industry, with national news issues such as WEN and Brazilian Blowout providing the backdrop.
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