Industry Makes Pitch For National Uniformity At Senate HELP Hearing
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Representatives of industry big and small appealed to senators to institute a strong national standard for cosmetics regulation rather than the growing patchwork of state regulations that companies must contend with currently. Jack Black “would probably not exist today” had it faced such challenges out of the gates 16 years ago, the company’s CEO said in testimony before the Senate HELP committee.
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