FDA Warnings Target Companies US-Wide For Selling CBD Products That Violate Federal Law
CHART: The agency sent out 15 warning letters on 25 November, citing companies in 10 states for selling unapproved and misbranded CBD drug products in the guise of dietary supplements and cosmetics.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) represents an intriguing opportunity for cosmetics, without the statutory obstacles faced by food and dietary supplement companies. Cosmetics marketers are taking advantage, but the FDA’s recent warning letter blitz is a reminder that CBD-infused beauty products are bound by the same rules that apply to other cosmetics.
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