US FDA’s Cosmetics Director Katz Cites Fragrance Allergens, Talc-Containing Products Among Priorities
Linda Katz, director of the US FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, offered insight into priority cosmetics issues at the Independent Beauty Association’s virtual FDA Cosmetic Regulations Workshop.
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