CIR Panel's Parabens Review Leaning Toward Safe, But 'Insufficient Data' For Now
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s independent experts will continue to mull new safety information for parabens, as well as input from a P&G expert, but the panel is inclined to determine the preservatives safe as used in an assessment that could differ “significantly” from European conclusions.
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