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PCPC Leadership On US Legislative Landscape, EU Microplastic Restriction, Other 2021 Concerns

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The Personal Care Products Council’s government affairs heads, chief scientist and executive VP of global strategies discuss the trade association’s 2021 priorities and preoccupations.

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