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In Brief: Color additive petition

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Color additive petition: Melvindale, MI-based Ebonex files a petition with FDA requesting that bone black be approved as a color additive for use in cosmetics, including cosmetics used in the eye area, according to a Sept. 1 Federal Register notice. In the environmental assessment portion of the firm's submission, Ebonex said that the pigment, which is made by carbonizing bones, has been determined by NTP-IARC to be non-carcinogenic. In addition, the submission states, "FDA regards bone black as GRAS" (generally recognized as safe) for contact with food. According to Ebonex, the pigment is currently used in various products including paints, plastics and crayons for children. The firm describes bone black as a "niche black," explaining that the pigment, which has low oil absorption, provides a flat, non-glossy, matte color...

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