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Cosmetics packaging

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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FDA restates its 1993 position on use of recycled material in cosmetics packaging in an Aug. 16 letter to CTFA. Although packaging for cosmetics is not subject to approval from the agency, manufacturers are responsible for insuring product safety, Office of Cosmetics & Colors Director John Bailey, PhD, says. Any recycled material legislation should thus take into consideration "the impact on commodities regulated by the FDA, the complexities of post-consumer-use recycling and the technology necessary to produce safe and suitable packaging," he adds. CTFA is expected to use FDA's letter in its lobbing efforts against California packaging bill SB 1110. The bill is in the state Assembly's Committee on Consumer Protection and is not expected to pass before the session ends Sept. 10, but will be taken up next year
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