Congress Zeros In On New FDA Safety Rules For Cosmetics

Law360, New York (March 27, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official acknowledged to lawmakers Tuesday that a manufacturer wouldn't have to notify the FDA before putting toxic ingredients in its products as members of a House subpanel weighed a possible national standard for cosmetics ingredients.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee examined the FDA's regulations for cosmetics at a hearing Tuesday, on the heels of a widely publicized safety scare over formaldehyde in the popular hair-straightener Brazilian Blowout.

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