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Cosmetic safety guidance

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA should convene a panel of experts with no financial ties to the cosmetics industry to develop guidance on cosmetic safety substantiation, the Environmental Working Group says in a March 7 letter to Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition Director Robert Brackett. FDA reiterated a plan to develop a draft guidance to implement warning statements for cosmetic products containing ingredients not shown to be safe in a Feb. 3 letter to CTFA. Agency also said it would consider taking compliance action against firms marketing unsafe ingredients without warning labels, a measure EWG supports, the letter adds. Advocacy group filed a petition with FDA last year requesting the agency halt the unlawful distribution of misbranded, adulterated and unlabeled cosmetics (1"The Rose Sheet" June 14, 2004, p. 3)...

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