Title 21
Food and Drugs

Chapter 31
Rhode Island Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-31-17

§ 21-31-17. Adulterated cosmetics.

A cosmetic shall be deemed to be adulterated:

(1) If it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to users under the conditions of use prescribed in its labeling or advertisement, or under any conditions of use that are customary or usual; provided, that this provision shall not apply to coal tar hair dye, the label of which bears the following legend conspicuously displayed on it: “Caution — This product contains ingredients which may cause skin irritation on certain individuals and a preliminary test according to accompanying directions should first be made. This product must not be used for dyeing the eyelashes or eyebrows; to do so may cause blindness,” and the labeling of which bears adequate directions for that preliminary testing. For the purpose of this subdivision and subdivision (5) of this section the term “hair dye” does not include eyelash dyes or eyebrow dyes.

(2) If it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance.

(3) If it has been produced, prepared, packed, or held under unsanitary conditions by which it may have become contaminated with filth, or by which it may have been rendered injurious to health.

(4) If its container is composed, in whole or in part, of any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render the contents injurious to health.

(5) If it is not a hair dye and it bears or contains a coal tar color other than one from a batch that has been certified under authority of the Federal Act.

History of Section.
P.L. 1959, ch. 56, § 1.