FDA ‘Actively Investigating’ Asbestos In Cosmetics; Claire’s Rebuts New Allegations
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Health Canada’s investigation cleared Claire’s makeup previously linked to asbestos by Scientific Analytical Institute, the same lab whose asbestos findings Tween Brands disputed last year before launching a recall based on its own testing. Cosmetics manufacturers using talc should try to keep up.
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