House Committee Hearing Shows How Talc/Asbestos Concerns Could Be Impetus For Cosmetics Reform
“If I were in your shoes or in Commissioner Gottlieb’s shoes I wouldn’t wait another day to require a warning on all [talc-containing cosmetic] products,” EWG’s Scott Faber told a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee March 12, while maintaining that large-scale regulatory changes are what's truly needed to protect users of talcum powders and other personal-care items.
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