California Aware Of 40-Some Nail Products Containing Toluene As SCP Process Gets Underway
The Department of Toxic Substances Control is still in the information-gathering stage for its recently proposed Priority Product under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation – nail products containing toluene. Alternative analyses will follow, with five possible substitutes (including water) floated by the agency currently.
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