Hawaii’s Sunscreen Ingredient Ban Is On The Books; To Industry, An Affront To Science
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
As in the case of plastic microbeads some four years ago, the personal-care industry finds itself in the position of having to reformulate potentially on a mass scale due to environmental rather than human safety concerns. And once again the legislation was driven in large part by shoddy science, industry says.
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