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SAI Lab Director ‘Elated’ By Federal Talc-Asbestos Testing Recs: ‘We Need To Be Aware That It’s There’

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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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