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FDA Updates Its Microbiological Safety Webpage Amid Recall Flurry

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Gilchrist & Soames’ recall of bath and body products due to microbial contamination marks a five-month trend in FDA’s enforcement reports. On its Microbiological Safety webpage, updated Feb. 12, FDA refers to a public meeting it held on the issue in 2011, where industry representatives warned that a shrinking preservative palette could put consumers at risk.

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