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The FDA and Its Role in Consumer Protection

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Jan 4, 2007

As we all know, in the United States cosmetics are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration which is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Cosmetics are a self-regulating industry and all the FDA mandates is that we provide a product to the consumer that is free from contamination and is safe for the consumer to wear. Cosmetics can come in many forms from lipsticks to powdered eyeshadow and deodorant sprays. The Pure Food and Drug Act defines cosmetics as articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering one's appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions. This definition includes skin-care creams and lotions, powders and sprays, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polishes, eye and facial makeup, permanent waves, hair colors, deodorants and antiperspirants, baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, toothpaste and mouthwashes, as well as any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.

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