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Target Paints Bullseye On Preservatives, Fragrance Secrets With 2020 Goals

Mega-retailer Target announces plans to achieve full ingredient transparency and eliminate “unwanted” but much-used preservatives and other chemicals from beauty and personal-care products on its shelves by 2020. The new strategy is “ambitious,” it says, but Target plans to invest up to $5m to support green chemistry innovation, working closely with supply-chain partners to find solutions.

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L’Oreal Hair-Relaxer Class Action A Far Cry From WEN, Or Next Plaintiff Payout?

Putative class actions against L’Oreal alleging that a Soft Sheen-Carson hair relaxer causes hair loss and scalp irritation have been consolidated in New York’s Southern District. Similar to complaints targeting WEN in recent years, the L’Oreal suits cite “an inherent design and/or manufacturing defect,” but L’Oreal says it provides ample warning of risks on product packaging and the category represents known hazards.

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Energizing Jelly Beans Deliver 'Sweet Side' But Not 'Faster Run' – NAD

Sports Beans' online ad includes the statement “every run has a sweet side” and a jelly bean format "may be more appealing than" similar beverages and gels, but Jelly Belly Candy's supporting evidence did not show its products are more effective.

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NPA, Informed-Choice Pact: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

CRN: bioactive nutrient guide needed; discuss 'healthy' in labeling at FDA public meetinCanadian supplement firms merge; and more news in brief.

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Nutrafol Brushes Too Broadly With Hair Re-Growth Claims – ERSP

Nutraceutical Wellness will modify claims for Nutrafol Hair Re-Growth Supplement after ERSP finds two should be narrowed to clarify that ingredients and not the product were tested and that external factors impact hair health.

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By Valenti Organics’ Fruitless Quest For Lead-Free Pigments: A Case Study

The Environmental Working Group is not letting up in its push for FDA to recognize that no amount of lead in cosmetics is safe for consumers. However, a less tolerant regulatory stance on trace lead levels could be a de facto ban on whole categories of products, as By Valenti Organics discovered in its elusive search for “lead-free” pigments.

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EWG: FDA Should Raise Bar On Lead In Cosmetics; Innovation Will Follow

The NGO – and Gwyneth Paltrow – are rallying consumer support for a stronger FDA position on contaminant lead in cosmetics. The group is confident that innovation enabling lead-free lipsticks and other color cosmetics would follow an outright regulatory ban, but that optimism may not accord with reality.

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Ultra Botanica Needs Larger Studies For Curcumin Bioavailability Claims – NAD

Ultra Botanica’s supporting research relied on human studies with one to three participants and mice studies without direct comparisons to competing products.

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Humaworm, Life Extension Warnings: Exotic Side Of Supplement Claims

FDA sends warning letters to Life Extensions Foundation Buyers Club and Humaworm for claims their products could treat or cure various diseases.

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Hawaii Bills Seek Ban On Oxybenzone-Containing Sunscreens

Hawaiian legislators have oxybenzone-containing sun-care products in their sights owing to research linking the UV filter to harmful effects on coral. Bills with momentum behind them in the Aloha State’s House and Senate propose related sales bans or warnings on product advertisements and displays.

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California Cleaning Products Bill Adds To ‘Right To Know’ Momentum

Fragrance trade secrets are under attack on multiple fronts, including in California under the proposed Cleaning Product Right to Know Act. The proposal adds to momentum behind initiatives to improve transparency around ingredient use in cosmetics, home-care and other consumer product categories.

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J&J ‘Encouraged’ By Prospect Of Corporate Tax Reform Following Trump Meeting

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky took the occasion of the firm’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call to discuss key policy issues in the US following a “productive” meeting between business leaders and President Trump.

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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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Wishful Thinking? UK Trade Group Outlines Brexit Priorities For Cosmetics

Developed in partnership with its members, the UK-based Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association’s position paper on Brexit implications seeks negotiated terms that would ensure minimal business disruption for industry. However, one of its priorities – to remain in the EU Customs Union – already is in serious doubt, with UK leadership angling for a “hard exit” from the bloc.

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Clairol Hair-Dye Suit Cites PPD Use, ‘Inadequate’ Home Sensitization Test

Current and former owners Coty and P&G knew or should have known about product hazards associated with Clairol Balsam Color hair-dye kits that are not adequately communicated to consumers, including the sensitizing potential of p-phenylenediamine, according to a putative class action filed in Alabama district court.

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GNC Busy Becoming 'New' As Old Business Stifles Earnings

The manufacturer and retailer adds to its turnaround initiative a fee-based customer loyalty piece, "PRO Access," to replace its Gold Card program while also recovering customer traffic with its no-charge "myGNC Rewards" program.

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Nutrafol Brushes Too Broadly With Hair Re-Growth Claims – ERSP

Nutraceutical Wellness will modify claims for Nutrafol Hair Re-Growth Supplement after ERSP finds two should be narrowed to clarify that ingredients and not the product were tested and that external factors impact hair health.

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Ultra Botanica Needs Larger Studies For Curcumin Bioavailability Claims – NAD

Ultra Botanica’s supporting research relied on human studies with one to three participants and mice studies without direct comparisons to competing products.

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By Valenti Organics’ Fruitless Quest For Lead-Free Pigments: A Case Study

The Environmental Working Group is not letting up in its push for FDA to recognize that no amount of lead in cosmetics is safe for consumers. However, a less tolerant regulatory stance on trace lead levels could be a de facto ban on whole categories of products, as By Valenti Organics discovered in its elusive search for “lead-free” pigments.

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FDA Research Seeks Better Understanding Of Talc’s Potential Cancer Link

FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors is heading up laboratory studies to explore an issue central to rampant litigation – talc’s effects on female genital system tissues, supported by a grant from the agency’s Office of Women’s Health. The agency is still finalizing a scientific literature review, but expects its research will help fill gaps that have not been adequately covered by epidemiologic and animal studies to date.

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Hawaii Bills Seek Ban On Oxybenzone-Containing Sunscreens

Hawaiian legislators have oxybenzone-containing sun-care products in their sights owing to research linking the UV filter to harmful effects on coral. Bills with momentum behind them in the Aloha State’s House and Senate propose related sales bans or warnings on product advertisements and displays.

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NPA, Informed-Choice Pact: Health And Wellness Industry News Roundup

CRN: bioactive nutrient guide needed; discuss 'healthy' in labeling at FDA public meetinCanadian supplement firms merge; and more news in brief.

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GNC Busy Becoming 'New' As Old Business Stifles Earnings

The manufacturer and retailer adds to its turnaround initiative a fee-based customer loyalty piece, "PRO Access," to replace its Gold Card program while also recovering customer traffic with its no-charge "myGNC Rewards" program.

United States Dietary Supplements

Nutrafol Brushes Too Broadly With Hair Re-Growth Claims – ERSP

Nutraceutical Wellness will modify claims for Nutrafol Hair Re-Growth Supplement after ERSP finds two should be narrowed to clarify that ingredients and not the product were tested and that external factors impact hair health.

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