FDA: No Asbestos Found In Talc Products Sampled, But Results Limited
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Following reports of asbestos in talc and talc-containing products overseas, FDA conducted a survey of suppliers and products on the U.S. market, finding no detectable levels of asbestos.
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