In Brief: Vermont Chemical Bill; USDA “Made With Organic”; Hair Care In Brazil; More
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
A Vermont bill awaiting the governor’s signature would require manufacturers of consumer products used by children, including cosmetics, to report use of chemicals of concern and potentially mandate labeling changes; USDA clarifies requirements for “made with organic” claims under the National Organic Program. More news in brief.
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