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CPG Sec. 100.600 Status of Facial Tissues, Paper Napkins, Paper Towels and Similar Paper Products

 

BACKGROUND:

Inquiries are occasionally received concerning the status under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of facial tissues, paper napkins, paper towels or similar paper products.

POLICY:

The Food and Drug Administration does not consider facial tissues, paper napkins, paper towels or similar products subject to the Act when sold only for conventional wiping purposes. If the labeling of such products suggests or implies a therapeutic or cosmetic benefit is to be derived from this use, this may bring them within the definition of a "drug" within the meaning of section 201(g), a "device" within the meaning of section 201(h), or a "cosmetic" within the meaning of section 201(i) of the Act.

Issued: 10/6/76
Revised: 10/1/80, 8/31/89