FDA Looks at Stricter Testing for Asbestos in Talc

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently moved a step closer to a much-needed, stricter standardization of testing for the presence of toxic asbestos fibers in talc-containing cosmetic products. On Jan. 13, the FDA released its 124-page consensus document written by the Interagency Working Group on Asbestos in Consumer Products. It outlined a scientific assessment on testing that should better protect the public. Eight U.S. federal agencies, selected by the FDA, were represented in the Interagency Working Group, which began the project in 2018. The burgeoning issue of small amounts of dangerous asbestos in talc products stems from the rise of cancers – including malignant mesothelioma – that have been linked in recent years to various consumer products containing talc. Talc and asbestos, two naturally occurring minerals, often are found in close proximity near the Earth’s surface. Asbestos is no longer mined within the U.S., but talc remains a commonly used and valuable resource. Over the past several years, traces of asbestos have been found in children’s toys, crayons and makeup products. Tighter Cosmetics Regulations Coming Under current law, cosmetic products and their ingredients do not require FDA approval or testing. Companies producing the products do their own safety testing – with no standardization – and are not required to share the data with the FDA.  All of that could be changing. These latest recommendations rej...
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