SAI Lab Director ‘Elated’ By Federal Talc-Asbestos Testing Recs: ‘We Need To Be Aware That It’s There’
State-of-the-art testing approaches increasingly show that asbestos contamination of cosmetic talc is a concern worthy of the renewed attention it is receiving from federal agencies, says Scientific Analytical Institute’s research director Sean Fitzgerald.
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The Executive Summary of an interagency working group's preliminary recommendations on testing methods for asbestos in talc and talc-containing consumer products, released by the FDA in early 2020, does not constitute a formal position taken by the FDA, it says, noting that concerns have arisen recently about misunderstanding among "external parties."
The Environmental Working Group and US PIRG suggest that beauty and personal-care firms should avoid using talc in loose powders, if not all cosmetic products, and that the US FDA should consider banning the ingredient due to the potential for asbestos contamination, among other concerns.