EU To Expand Fragrance Allergen Labeling With Implications For California’s ‘Right To Know’
Companies will have more fragrance allergens to report to California health authorities if the European Union requires more than 50 additional fragrance allergens to be labeled on cosmetic products, as proposed by the Commission in September.
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