An expert panel formed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has endorsed asbestos testing standards for cosmetics that reject long-held industry positions and reflect those of public health authorities and experts for thousands of plaintiffs who allege contaminated talc products caused their cancers.
The most significant recommendation [ regarding asbestos testing standards for cosmetics issued ] from the panel of government experts is that mineral particles found in talc products small enough to be drawn into the lungs – even those the industry would not call asbestos – should be counted as potentially harmful.
Because both asbestos and look-alike minerals are suspected of causing “similar pathological outcomes, the distinction is irrelevant,” the expert panel said in a summary of its preliminary recommendations posted this week on the FDA’s website.
The panel also underscored the view of the World Health Organization and other public health authorities that there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure and called for talc powders and cosmetics to be tested with the most sensitive methods available.
The recommendations [ asbestos testing standards for cosmetics ] – which came from experts from eight government agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – are set to be considered Feb. 4 at the FDA campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. It will be the first FDA hearing focused on testing methods for asbestos in talc and cosmetics since 1971, according to the agency.[Article continues at original source]
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