FDA comes full circle with new guidance on testing products for toxic ingredients DEG and EG

The FDA has a long and sordid history with the toxic compound diethylene glycol (DEG), having received much of its original regulatory authority after a major poisoning event in the 1930s attributable to it. But what’s past is prologue, and FDA is once again expressing concerns and the need for companies to test for the compound – and a similar one, ethylene glycol – following major international incidents and a string of recent FDA Warning Letters on the topic.

Regulatory Background

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