Summer’s Eve Removes Three Colorants From Feminine Washes, A ‘Huge Win’ For Women’s Voices
Women’s Voices for the Earth says Prestige Brands has “quietly reformulated” Summer’s Eve products to eliminate three colorants that should not be in feminine washes, based on FDA regulations and the realities of consumer practices and women’s anatomy. Now the NGO is considering next steps.
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FDA doesn’t see a need for the guidance requested by Women’s Voices for the Earth, but that doesn’t mean the NGO’s point was entirely lost on the agency. Feminine washes continue to contain colorants permitted for external use only – a seeming paradox, particularly in light of pH balance claims.
While feminine wash products are labeled for “external use,” FDA should recognize that they are used internally by consumers and adjust relevant colorant restrictions accordingly, the congresswoman suggests in a letter to agency Commissioner Robert Califf. The New York Democrat presses FDA to respond to a year-old citizen petition on the matter from NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth.