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Industry Pushes To Strike Parabens From Washington State’s Children’s Chemical List

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The Personal Care Products Council presents its case for removing parabens from Washington state’s list of chemicals of high concern to children. The state’s Department of Ecology is in the process of updating its rule under the Children’s Safe Product Act that requires companies to report their use of listed substances.

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