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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Lab testing expert Sean Fitzgerald says levels of asbestos he has detected in talc-containing cosmetics likely would expose consumers to the well-known carcinogen at levels above California’s Prop 65 safe harbor. There are questions as to Prop 65’s applicability as currently written, but there is definite interest among California attorneys and trial lawyers, he says.
Fitzgerald has parted ways with Greensboro, NC-based Scientific Analytical Institute, but his investigations continue into asbestos contamination risks, including in talc-containing cosmetics, at his own lab and consultancy in Durham, NC, Fitzgerald Analytical Consulting & Testing Services, PLLC.
CIR Expert Panel Tentatively OKs Silicate Ingredients With Crystalline Caveats; Full Meeting Results
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety issued seven final assessments, six tentative reports and two insufficient data announcements at its virtual meeting on March 11-12.