CARB Proposal To Sunset Fragrance Exemption Adds To Industry Gloom As VOC Update Takes Shape
Nixing the current exemption for VOCs in fragrance up to 2% in consumer products could prevent manufacturers from meeting VOC limits in California, considerably alter product formulations and efficacy, or remove products from California’s market altogether, the Fragrance Creators Association says.
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