US Rep. Pallone Demands Answers From FDA On Seeming Hair-Smoothing Formaldehyde Ban ‘Reversal’
Internal FDA emails obtained by the Environmental Working Group through a FOIA request indicate that the agency was moving toward rulemaking in 2016 to restrict or prohibit use of formaldehyde in heated hair-straightening cosmetics, but seemingly abandoned the initiative. That has Congress, NGOs and other stakeholders asking questions and renewing calls for cosmetics regulatory reform.
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