Calling a delay in approval of a sunscreen product by the U.S Food and Drug Administration “unconscionable,” Sen. Sherrod Brown yesterday urged passage of a bill requring the agency to review its entire list of pending sunscreen applications within eight months of the bill being signed into law.

In a conference call with Ohio reporters, Brown, D-Ohio, said the FDA has delayed approval of production by an Ohio company of a key ingredient used in sunscreen. That company, Ashland Inc., has a factory in Columbus and it expanded the facility hoping the FDA would approve its application. Ashland is allowed to sell the ingredient for sunscreen in Canada and the European Union.

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