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CVS Joins Retailers Phasing Out Demonized (But Effective) Preservatives

CVS pledges to stop shipping store-brand products that contain parabens and selected formaldehyde donors by the end of 2019, in an initiative that – for now – does not affect vendors. That could change, however, as CVS’ chemicals safety program is structured similarly to those in place at Target and Walmart, which are pursuing store-wide phase-outs of ingredients of concern.

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NSF International Launches Cosmetic Verification Program For ‘Consumer Assurance’

The independent standards and testing organization will perform cosmetic toxicology reviews, evaluate labeling claims, test products for contaminants and audit facilities to ensure GMPs compliance as part of its new verification service. NSF’s program and Product Verified mark may be more appealing to mainstream brands than other standard-and-seal models, which include “EWG Verified: For Your Health.”

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Rose Report Podcast – March 2017

The Rose Sheet’s editorial team discusses key news and developments in the cosmetics and dietary supplement sectors over the past month, including industry efforts to tack cosmetics regulatory reform provisions onto pending US user-fee reauthorization legislation, and dietary supplement firms’ ongoing struggle to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices requirements to FDA’s satisfaction.

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CVS Standards: Another Step In Supplement Industry Transparency Evolution

CVS Pharmacy is developing standards, including third-party tests, for vitamins and supplements sold in its stores. Targeted for implementation by 2019, the standards are part of a health care-focused effort in which the firm will expand its lineup of vitamins and supplements.

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Hatch Question, Gottlieb Response Speak Volumes About DSHEA Reliance

Gottlieb is not the first FDA commissioner nominee to profess support for its regulatory framework established by DSHEA, but the focus of Hatch's question serves stronger notice than similar questions asked of previous candidates that the agency authority to enforce in the space does need adjustment.

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Cancer Claim Warnings Show FDA Resolve Against Mounting Online Odds

FDA realizes more products labeled as supplements but making claims to treat cancer or other serious conditions are available online from firms that have not been identified in ongoing searches by "staff devoted to rooting out health fraud scams."

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HGH Import Alert Grows From 4 Products To 32 In 8 Months

An April 18 alert update about a Chinese firm distributing HGH-containing supplements follows the launch of the alert in September and an update in November about other firms in the country reported as shipping supplements tainted with the ingredient.

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UK Homeopathic Energy 'Balance' Claims Tilt Consumers Toward Trouble

UK regulator tells Natural Healing Solutions to discontinue online claims its products are “programmed” with resonance patterns to read energy levels and prevent disease. In a ruling published April 19, the agency noted the company acknowledged receipt of the complaint, but did not respond.

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FTC Reminds 90+ Instagram Influencers, Brands Of Disclosure Obligations

Disclosures from social-media influencers about brand relationships are likely not sufficient if they’re buried in posts below the “more” button that consumers on mobile devices often do not click. FTC offers that rule of thumb and more in a barrage of “reminder” letters and related communications issued April 19.

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Cosmetics Provisions Unlikely To Catch Ride On FDA User-Fee Bill

With the release of an atypically lean, clean FDA user-fee reauthorization draft bill, it’s doubtful that cosmetics regulatory reform language will get tacked onto the must-pass legislation. Stakeholders likely will refocus their efforts on standalone cosmetics legislation to modernize FDA’s oversight of the industry.

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California Advances Bill To Require Salon Product Ingredient Labeling

Lawmakers in California are considering a bill that would mandate ingredient labeling on professional cosmetics. Proponents of the bill believe it will help protect salon workers, while the Personal Care Products Council says the proposal is “unworkable” and unnecessary in light of federal requirements that provide salons with extensive Safety Data Sheets for products they use.

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'Do Not Flush' Labels For Acne, Hemorrhoid Wipes Won't Stop Consumers – CHPA

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association hopes a D.C. mandate for labeling nonwoven disposable wipes with "do not flush" beginning in 2018 does not promote passage of similar bills in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and in New York City.

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Natural Hints, ‘Free Of’ Claims Risky For Hair Relaxers; Ask L’Oreal

L’Oreal failed in March to dismiss the majority of plaintiff claims in a putative class action alleging that the Soft-Sheen Carson Amla Legend hair relaxer is deceptively labeled and marketed, putting consumers at risk. According to plaintiffs’ latest amended complaint, the brand’s amla oil and “no lye” claims prepare users for a relatively gentle hair-smoothing experience, which has not been the case for many.

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Kiss My Face ‘Natural’ Suit Aims To Stretch Materiality Of FTC Actions

A putative class action in California’s Northern District alleges that KMF’s “nourish naturally” claim on body wash and lotion packaging is deceptive due to the presence of synthetic ingredients that the Federal Trade Commission cited in actions against skin-care marketers last year. Importantly, however, the FTC cases targeted “all-natural” or “100% natural” assertions, as opposed to unqualified “natural” references.

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USPlabs' DMAA Supplement Source Convicted In Separate Criminal Case

Federal prosecutors already have cooperation in their case against USPlabs from GNC in exchange for a "non-prosecution" commitment, and might seek help from an executive with S.K. Labs recently convicted on five criminal counts stemming from a separate investigation.

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Natural Hints, ‘Free Of’ Claims Risky For Hair Relaxers; Ask L’Oreal

L’Oreal failed in March to dismiss the majority of plaintiff claims in a putative class action alleging that the Soft-Sheen Carson Amla Legend hair relaxer is deceptively labeled and marketed, putting consumers at risk. According to plaintiffs’ latest amended complaint, the brand’s amla oil and “no lye” claims prepare users for a relatively gentle hair-smoothing experience, which has not been the case for many.

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CVS Standards: Another Step In Supplement Industry Transparency Evolution

CVS Pharmacy is developing standards, including third-party tests, for vitamins and supplements sold in its stores. Targeted for implementation by 2019, the standards are part of a health care-focused effort in which the firm will expand its lineup of vitamins and supplements.

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Coppertone Heads Off NGO Shade-Throwing With ‘Assurance Assessment’

The Bayer brand commissioned global consulting and standards firm AccountAbility to assess its operations, procedures and testing at the root of Coppertone SPF claims and other labeling aspects. The company now is sharing the results publicly, possibly to get out in front of a conversation that tends to arise this time of year regarding sunscreen safety, effectiveness and truthfulness in marketing.

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Natural Hints, ‘Free Of’ Claims Risky For Hair Relaxers; Ask L’Oreal

L’Oreal failed in March to dismiss the majority of plaintiff claims in a putative class action alleging that the Soft-Sheen Carson Amla Legend hair relaxer is deceptively labeled and marketed, putting consumers at risk. According to plaintiffs’ latest amended complaint, the brand’s amla oil and “no lye” claims prepare users for a relatively gentle hair-smoothing experience, which has not been the case for many.

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California Advances Bill To Require Salon Product Ingredient Labeling

Lawmakers in California are considering a bill that would mandate ingredient labeling on professional cosmetics. Proponents of the bill believe it will help protect salon workers, while the Personal Care Products Council says the proposal is “unworkable” and unnecessary in light of federal requirements that provide salons with extensive Safety Data Sheets for products they use.

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CIR Seeks More Information On Preservative PHMB

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel says it needs additional information regarding preservative polyaminopropyl biguanide before it can make an assessment regarding its safety. The group is working to secure unpublished data on skin sensitization and will look more closely into reports of anaphylactic reactions and lung injuries.

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CVS Standards: Another Step In Supplement Industry Transparency Evolution

CVS Pharmacy is developing standards, including third-party tests, for vitamins and supplements sold in its stores. Targeted for implementation by 2019, the standards are part of a health care-focused effort in which the firm will expand its lineup of vitamins and supplements.

United States Dietary Supplements

Hatch Question, Gottlieb Response Speak Volumes About DSHEA Reliance

Gottlieb is not the first FDA commissioner nominee to profess support for its regulatory framework established by DSHEA, but the focus of Hatch's question serves stronger notice than similar questions asked of previous candidates that the agency authority to enforce in the space does need adjustment.

United States Dietary Supplements

Cancer Claim Warnings Show FDA Resolve Against Mounting Online Odds

FDA realizes more products labeled as supplements but making claims to treat cancer or other serious conditions are available online from firms that have not been identified in ongoing searches by "staff devoted to rooting out health fraud scams."

United States Dietary Supplements
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