Sunday, March 26, 2023

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Minister Browne

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Minister Amery Browne.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Browne emphasized the importance of the strong U.S.-Trinidad and Tobago bilateral ties, including the significant role the Trinbagonian diaspora plays in promoting cultural and economic ties.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed the importance both countries place on support for democracy within the Western Hemisphere.  The Secretary also expressed appreciation for Trinidad and Tobago’s votes supporting Ukraine and the UN Charter at the United Nations.  He noted democracies need to stand together to counter those who seek to suppress freedom and abuse human rights.

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Statement by Fragrance Creators’ President & CEO, Farah K. Ahmed, on the Need for a Properly Funded FDA

"Last year, Congress passed the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MOCRA), landmark legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded authority to advance sound science, safety, innovation, and public confidence in the cosmetics and personal care products Americans use every single day. It has been over 80 years since these regulations have been updated—now, more than ever, it is paramount that FDA has the funds to build a strong foundation upon which the cosmetics program will grow over the years to come. 

"That is why today, Fragrance Creators wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to properly fund the FDA to facilitate a smooth transition to the modernized regulatory framework.    

"Fragrance plays an important role in cosmetics and personal care products; products that nurture skin health and hygiene, empower self-expression and confidence, and deliver generational delight to billions of people every day. An adequately funded cosmetics program will support responsible fragrance industry innovation that can improve the experience of our nation's diverse consumer demographic, uphold safety, and advance environmental sustainability. 

"Advocating for appropriate funds for the FDA's implementation of MOCRA is a top priority for our members. In addition to these letters, Fragrance Creators has mobilized our membership to engage dozens of Congressional offices and we continue to advocate and work with other industry stakeholders to call for sufficient funding." 


Fragrance Creators Association is the trade association representing the majority of fragrance manufacturing in North America. We also represent fragrance-related interests along the value chain. Fragrance Creators' member companies are diverse, including large, medium, and small-sized companies that create, manufacture, and use fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design, fine fragrance, and industrial and institutional products, as well as those that supply fragrance ingredients, including natural extracts and other raw materials that are used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures. Fragrance Creators established and administers the Congressional Fragrance Caucus, ensuring ongoing dialogue with members of Congress and staff. Fragrance Creators also produces The Fragrance Conservatory, the comprehensive digital resource for high-quality information about fragrance— Learn more about Fragrance Creators at—for people, perfume, and the planet.

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Original Source: Statement by Fragrance Creators' President & CEO, Farah K. Ahmed, on the Need for a Properly Funded FDA
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