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Canada Considering Restrictions on Talc-Containing Products

Canadian authorities are considering measures that would prohibit or restrict the use of talc in a limited number of product types, such as certain cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs. Health Canada has concluded that, based on the latest science and a draft screening assessment, inhaling loose talc powders and using certain products containing talc in the female genital area may be harmful to human health. At the same time, Health Canada indicates that most uses of talc, such as in paper, plastics, paint, ceramic, putties, food and various cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs, are not a concern to human health.

The Canadian government will next publish its draft screening assessment on talc in the Canada Gazette and give interested parties 60 days (through 6 February 2019) to provide input. The risk management scope, which outlines the possible measures to manage the risks identified in the draft screening assessment, will also be open for public comment for the same 60-day period.

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