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PCPC Expands Safety Focus To Answer Growing Environmental Concerns

The Personal Care Products Council is no stranger to risk assessment to support ingredients’ safety for consumers, but with environmental concerns on the rise, the group is working to develop tools for addressing that side of the safety equation. “We are going to have to have a strong risk assessment method to defend the ingredients that you all really need,” says PCPC’s Chief Scientist Beth Jonas.

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Unilever Files Snarky Motion To Shred St. Ives Class Action

St. Ives owner lays into a putative class action denouncing the brand’s Apricot Scrub as “completely worthless” and suggesting that it damages users’ skin, contrary to claims. According to Unilever’s motion for dismissal, the plaintiffs have styled a product liability complaint as a false advertising suit in order to recover damages for a nationwide class of purchasers, but lack standing and plausibility in their claims.

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Supplement Own-Labeler’s GMP Stumble Reveals AER Slip

FDA warns own-labelers ProSupps USA and Cape Fear Naturals about GMP violations, also pointing out ProSupps dropped the ball on submitting serious AERs to FDA and Cape Fear Naturals made drug claims including “improve blood pressure and cholesterol.”

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With TPP Demise, PCPC Sets Harmonization Goals Closer To Home

Following President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the Personal Care Products Council sets its sights on renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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FTC Litigation, Hormel, NuSkin Recalls: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

$500,000 fine in $1.3m FTC judgement; and Hormel and NuSkin nutritional products recalled.

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Could Gottlieb Bring Red-Tape Scissors To FDA Sunscreen Review?

FDA Commissioner nominee Scott Gottlieb has been a vocal critic of FDA bureaucracy and excessive data demands that in his view have slowed access to life-saving drugs and medical devices in the US. His expected confirmation as FDA head could offer a new glimmer of hope to sponsors seeking GRASE status for next-generation UV filters, a process that has all but ground to a halt, according to industry advocates.

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Animal Groups Await Ombudsman Word On Testing At REACH/Cosmetics Interface

Can data derived from animal testing under the EU’s REACH regulation be used to support product safety under the Cosmetics Regulation? European authorities say that in many cases it can be, but PETA is pressing the ombudsman to address what it views as maladministration, an issue that a coalition of its peers has raised as well.

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Five-Year, 38-Violation GMP Trail Before Colorado Supplement Business Closes

A permanent injunction was ordered against Michael Floren and his businesses – EonNutra LLC, CDSM LLC and HABW LLC – under a consent decree that requires the businesses to recall their supplements, hire labeling and GMP experts and receive the agency’s approval before resuming operations.

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UK Supplement Firm’s Advertising Quality Control Misses Bogus Claim

UK retailer The Hut.com pulled unauthorized claims for its Myprotein L-Glutamine product during an ASA review, but the agency investigated and found the firm in violation of UK advertising regs.

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PCPC Hatching Proposal For CIR Role In FDA Ingredient Review

The Personal Care Products Council has a vision for marrying the Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s expertise with FDA’s authority, which it hopes to package into reform legislation expected this year. While FDA has balked at formalizing CIR’s role under previous proposals, this one was inspired by a third-party review program for medical devices, making it potentially more palatable to the agency and lawmakers.

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Industry Groups Keeping Eye On Montana’s Fragrance-Disclosure Bill

The International Fragrance Association North America and Personal Care Products Council are monitoring state-level proposals in the US to require full fragrance ingredient disclosure, including a Montana bill that passed committee in February. IFRA NA head Farah Ahmed discusses the group’s related advocacy work.

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Cosmetics Stakeholders Race To Hitch Reform Provisions To FDA User-Fee Bills

The Personal Care Products Council says consensus has nearly been reached between industry and consumer advocates on cosmetics reform provisions they hope to attach to FDA user-fee legislation. The groups must produce broadly supported, noncontroversial language by mid-March in order to have a shot at inclusion in the critical reauthorization bills, which typically pass well in advance of October deadlines.

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Alternative Preservative Systems Could Give Germs, Plaintiffs A Foothold

Companies marketing “self-preserving” cosmetics could be susceptible to lawsuits at a time when “no injury” product liability class actions are on the rise. Meanwhile, “preservative-free” claims already are being challenged in the food sector where litigation trends often originate before migrating to personal care.

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J&J Talc Verdict Clears Firm Of Cancer Blame; Is Tide Turning In St. Louis?

A new defense team for J&J got the job done March 3 in the same Missouri court where juries handed down hefty verdicts against the firm last year for failing to warn about talc’s alleged carcinogenicity. This time, the defendant appears to have been successful in punching holes in plaintiff experts’ testimony.

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Advisory Committees: FDA Gets Out Of The Redaction Business

Panel members’ curricula vitae will now be released without a review and redaction of potentially confidential information; FDA’s policy change is part of a settlement of lawsuit with Public Citizen.

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Glaxo’s Parodontax Brings Bleeding Gums Claim To US Toothpaste Battle

Parodontax contains the same OTC oral care monograph ingredient, stannous fluoride, as numerous toothpastes labeled for use on sensitive teeth, but those products don’t include the indication of helping stop bleeding gums.

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Viehbacher On Before Brands Board: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

Viehbacher’s investment group backs start-up supplement firm; Former Starbucks executive joins Jamba Juice as COO; and MusclePharm forecasts turning corner in 2017.

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Honest Company Taps Ex-Clorox Exec, Natural Brand Builder For CEO

New Honest CEO Nick Vlahos oversaw international expansion of Burt’s Bees and was global manager of Green Works during his tenure at Clorox. He’ll helm an Honest Company that was beset by legal and PR challenges in 2016 but nevertheless saw its sales top $300m as it pivots from direct-to-consumer to an omni-channel strategy.

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Animal Groups Await Ombudsman Word On Testing At REACH/Cosmetics Interface

Can data derived from animal testing under the EU’s REACH regulation be used to support product safety under the Cosmetics Regulation? European authorities say that in many cases it can be, but PETA is pressing the ombudsman to address what it views as maladministration, an issue that a coalition of its peers has raised as well.

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Lush Scientist On Firm’s Evolving (And Expensive) Self-Preserving Platform

The testing process for Lush’s self-preserving products can range between $5k to $10k for each self-preserving product, according to cosmetic scientist Daniel Campbell. While resource-intensive, the approach resonates with natural-oriented, ingredient-conscious consumers, and Lush says it ensures that protective microflora on skin and hair aren’t disrupted by synthetic preservative use.

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Alternative Preservative Systems Could Give Germs, Plaintiffs A Foothold

Companies marketing “self-preserving” cosmetics could be susceptible to lawsuits at a time when “no injury” product liability class actions are on the rise. Meanwhile, “preservative-free” claims already are being challenged in the food sector where litigation trends often originate before migrating to personal care.

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Protiva Distribution, Tinnistop Launches: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

Protiva supplements get Ascend distribution; Garden of Life plants flag in Sport; homeopathic for tinnitus launched; CRN, NPI extend webinar series; and more news in brief.

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Viehbacher On Before Brands Board: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

Viehbacher’s investment group backs start-up supplement firm; Former Starbucks executive joins Jamba Juice as COO; and MusclePharm forecasts turning corner in 2017.

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FTC Litigation, Hormel, NuSkin Recalls: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

$500,000 fine in $1.3m FTC judgement; and Hormel and NuSkin nutritional products recalled.

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