House Cosmetics Bill Seeks Broad Federal Preemption, Revised 'Cosmetic' Definition
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
A bill introduced in the House Nov. 18 would preempt state regulations governing safe cosmetic ingredient use and health-related labeling requirements, such as those under California's Prop 65 law, and revise the "cosmetic" definition under federal law to allow for limited use of structure/function claims.
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