PCPC Sits Down With HBW Insight: Preemption, California Latest, Microbeads In China, More
In a pause from the trade group’s 2020 annual meeting in Palm Beach, FL, PCPC senior executives spoke with HBW Insight about legislative priorities and challenges at the federal and state levels, emerging microplastic regulations and whether industry and consumers have a “trust problem.”
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