In Time For Halloween, FDA Rule Conjures Up Specter Of Renewed Cosmetic Lead Debate
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA’s final rule is specific to lead acetate’s use in hair-coloring products, but the agency’s recognition of current consensus – “that there is no safe exposure level for lead” – could spook the wider cosmetics industry, particularly given that some of the same NGO petitioners that drove the rulemaking are clamoring for an all-out ban on trace lead in lipsticks and externally applied cosmetics.
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