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Regulatory News In Brief: House Microbeads Bill; Oregon Eyes Children’s Cosmetics; More

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., reintroduces his bill proposing a ban on personal-care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads; Oregon legislation would require ingredient reporting and reformulations from manufacturers of children’s cosmetics containing flagged chemicals. More regulatory news.

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