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No Warning on Adult Bubble Bath

June 5, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Reagan administration struck another blow for deregulation Thursday, repealing a long-pending Carter administration rule that would have required a health warning label on bubble bath.

But the administration also said it would keep the warning label requirement for children’s bubble bath, describing children as ″particularly vulnerable to the consumer hazard.″

The Food and Drug Administration published a notice in the Federal Register that it was repealing the bubble bath warning label requirement for foaming soaps marketed for adult use.

The rule was adopted in the final months of the Carter administration, but not scheduled to take effect until 1981.

Then the newly installed Reagan administration stepped in and ordered more study of the slippery issue. That study has been under way for the past five years.

The rules would have required bubble bath labels to caution consumers that excessive use or prolonged exposure can lead to irritation of the skin or urinary tract. It would have warned people to discontinue use if rash, redness or itching occurred and to consult a doctor if irritation persisted.

The FDA, in its notice Thursday, said its decision to repeal the warning label for adult bubble bath was based on the fact there were too few reactions among adults to justify the effort.

The agency said, however, that there have been a number of reports of urogenital irritation or infection among children from bubble bath, so bubble bath intended for children’s use still must carry the warning, effective June 5, 1987.

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