NGO Seeks FDA Guidance On Colorant Use In Feminine Cleansers
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Women's Voices for the Earth asks FDA to issue guidance regarding appropriate use of color additives in feminine personal-cleansing products following research indicating that certain colorants may pose health risks to women if the products are used as marketed.
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