California’s Professional Cosmetic Labeling Bill Passes Unopposed
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
While overshadowed by contentious cosmetic animal-testing legislation, AB 2775 also passed in the closing days of California’s 2017-2018 legislative session, another example of the state’s eagerness to take on cosmetics issues it views as inadequately addressed at the federal level.
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