Feinstein Bill To Mandate Fragrance Ingredient Contacts, Not Disclosure
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Cosmetics legislation poised for introduction in the Senate is likely to uphold the trade-secret status of fragrance compositions, promoting “a direct communication line” between FDA and fragrance houses rather than requiring full disclosure of fragrance ingredients, according to IFRA North America.
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