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Those tasked with controlling bioburden in the personal care industry are facing many new challenges. The latest microbial detection equipment will flag up anything and everything in a product, which then has to be identified and risk assessed, sometimes leading to unnecessary product recalls. As well as identifying the species, it is necessary to understand the infectivity or pathogenicity of the specific genomed-bacteria in question.
EFfCI issues cosmetic GMP guidelines
<p>The European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI) has developed a set of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines to help both EFfCI members and others within the industry ensure high safety standards for cosmetic ingredients and manufacturing processes. Controlling all the components that may affect product quality can help manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and wholesalers minimise incidents of contamination, mix-ups and other errors. </p>