FDA To Hold Public Meeting In February on Cosmetic Talc-Asbestos Test Methods
Recommendations from an FDA-led interagency work group regarding methods for detecting and measuring asbestos in talc and talc-containing cosmetics will be presented at the agency’s planned public meeting in Silver Spring, MD, on 4 February. The recommendations are summarized in the FDA's meeting notice, which follows contentious cosmetic product recalls based on asbestos findings.
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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is taking another swing at legislation to require cancer warnings on talc-containing cosmetics marketed to children if they have not been determined asbestos-free via transmission electron microscopy to FDA’s satisfaction.
“If I were in your shoes or in Commissioner Gottlieb’s shoes I wouldn’t wait another day to require a warning on all [talc-containing cosmetic] products,” EWG’s Scott Faber told a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee March 12, while maintaining that large-scale regulatory changes are what's truly needed to protect users of talcum powders and other personal-care items.