US FDA Support For Cosmetic Allergen Labeling Has Foundation In Consumers' ‘Right To Know’
Office of Cosmetics and Colors Linda Katz emphasizes FDA sees allergen labeling as a public health issue. While many allergic reactions are minor, “consumers who are extremely or exclusively sensitive to a particular ingredient should have a right to know.”
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Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, touched on cosmetics modernization legislation in her 21 September presentation on agency priorities at the Independent Beauty Association’s virtual FDA Cosmetics Regulations Workshop.
Making Cosmetics Reform Beneficial For All; Former FDA Cosmetics Director Yearns For ‘Serious Sit-Down’
Federal legislative reform is an historic opportunity not only to strengthen the US FDA’s oversight of the cosmetics sector, but also to modernize the industry and its value proposition to consumers. John Bailey, independent advisor for cosmetics and colors at EAS Consulting Group, is confident there’s a way to do all, but "serious" stakeholder negotiations are needed.