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FDA reiterates warning against bovine-derived materials in cosmetics in May 9 letter.

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA REITERATES WARNING AGAINST USE OF BOVINE-DERIVED MATERIALS IN COSMETICS in a May 9 letter issued by FDA Deputy Commissioner for Operations Michael Friedman. The letter, which was sent to the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors Association, emphasizes that cosmetic companies should "take whatever steps are necessary to assure...that such ingredients do not come from cattle born, raised, or slaughtered in countries where BSE exists." The letter cites the U.S. Department of Agriculture's current list of BSE countries -- Great Britain, Switzerland, France, the Republic of Ireland, Oman and Portugal.



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