Health Canada Guidance Sets Caps For Trace Metals In Cosmetics
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Canada’s public-health department may request testing data from firms with cosmetic products containing trace levels of heavy metals lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and antimony in concentrations above advised limits, with possible enforcement action to follow.
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