I was listening to Dan Savage’s podcast - a caller was asking about sex toys that have “for external use only” stamped on them, even though they are clearly meant to be inserted into an orifice. Dan had a guest on that said the label was probably a lazy way for sex toy companies to cover their asses in case you inserted it into your butt and then it exploded or something.
I had always assumed that “external use” simply meant “don’t try to eat this.” I found this on the FDA website: ““For external use only” [in bold type] for topical drug products not intended for ingestion” - but that seems to apply only to drugs.
I am curious. Can anyone help me find a cite for this?