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GC3 Announces Preservative Challenge Winners; Sponsors Exploring Partnership Possibilities

Avisco, a biotech startup focused on the antimicrobial properties of the Inula viscosa plant, and IMD Natural Solutions, whose INS Glycolipid mushroom extract purportedly is “up to 80 times more effective than traditional preservatives,” are among winners named Aug. 6 by GC3.

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Stakeholders Converge On California For Animal-Testing Bill Showdown

California lawmakers returning Aug. 6 from summer recess will have cosmetics industry reps and animal welfare groups vying for their ears, with the legislative clock ticking on a highly contentious proposal, SB 1249, to prohibit the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested “for any purpose” on animals.
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Cruelty Free International Seeks ‘More Humane’ REACH With Phase-In Registrations Now Wrapped

The NGO unveiled a six-point plan in July to reduce animal suffering under the European chemical regulation. Needs include greater funding to advance alternative methods and less red tape to encumber their regulatory approval, according to the animal-welfare group.

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Cyclamate Found In GU, Roctane Brand Energy Products On Recall

Recall of 35 products started July 18 by Advanced Food Concepts follows recalls started in June of four products by Prinova US and one by Sisel International also found to contain cyclamate.

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Nutrition Labeling, Food-Borne Illness Shape FDA’s ‘Healthy People 2030’ Goals

FDA combines two surveys from the Healthy People initiative that tackles a range of consumer health topics every 10 years into a single survey, “FDA Food Safety, Health and Diet Survey.” The separate surveys have been deployed since 1990, “Food Safety Survey” and “Health and Diet Survey.” 

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Oral B Pro Most-Recommended Claim Backed By P&G's Global Dentist Surveys

UK Advertising Standards Authority says it rejected a complaint challenging whether the claim “number one dentist recommended brand worldwide” that P&G made in a TV ad was misleading and could be substantiated. P&G Health & Beauty Care Ltd. business in England responds with explanation of surveys with dentists it commissions to determine the professionals' regards for Oral B manual and power brushes.

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Supplements Recalled With Artificial Sweetener Banned In US Since 1970

Prinova US recalls four products, two each marketed with its brand and the Amino Life brand, and Sisel International recalls one product under the SiselRipt brand. Although banned in US, cyclamate remains available in other countries, including in popular brand artificial sweeteners distributed in Canada.

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FDA Warns Supplement Own-Labeler, Hawaii Noni Leather And Lotion Provider

California herbal remedy and acupuncture provider is latest own-label supplement marketer FDA warns about violations of its GMP, claims and labeling regulations. Hawaii organic noni nutritional and topical product firm receives warnings listing its claims and branding violations.

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CFI Clarifies Cosmetics Pilot For Animal Testing-Free China Entry

Cruelty Free International CEO Michelle Thew aims to set the record straight following reports that might seem to refute the NGO’s earlier statements about the program. Ultimately the “tightly controlled” pathway to China’s cosmetics market remains a promising opportunity for companies that have shied from taking the plunge for fear of tarnishing their animal-friendly creds.

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WARNING: These Imminent Prop 65 Changes Can Expose You To New Litigation

Companies have had two years to prepare for new warning requirements under California’s Prop 65, which go live at the end of August. Attorneys say new warning responsibilities in e-commerce settings are among changes most likely to imperil businesses (and enable bounty hunters).

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Appropriators Agree On Boosting FDA's Supplement Sector Work, Not On Funding

House and Senate appropriation bills state markedly different funding levels for FDA's spending on research into supplement and food products by its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and on enforcement work in the field by the Office of Regulatory Affairs. Appropriators are more aligned, though, in requests to FDA about its oversight of dietary supplement manufacturing and marketing.

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Exclusivity Period Allowed By OTC Monograph Reform Likely Up To Conference Committee

Next step for OTC monograph reform legislation is Senate consideration; market exclusivity periods are likely focus of House/Senate conference. Separate bill to allow consumers to use health savings accounts to buy OTC drugs without a doctor's prescription clears House Ways and Means panel.

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Adding Multivitamins To SNAP Sprouts Or Wilts In Congress' Decision On Farm Bill

House appoints its farm bill conference committee members primarily from Agriculture Committee but also with reps from committees with oversight for a variety of topics due to the breadth of the legislation and to contentious issues unrelated to including supplements as SNAP, or food stamp, benefits. Supplement industry also looks to fate of legislation that would allow using pre-tax health savings accounts to buy OTC drugs without having a doctor's prescription as a sign for whether VMS product purchases will be allowed with the accounts, as proposed in House and Senate bills.

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Target Cruises Past Hypoallergenic Cosmetic Suit, But Other Defendants On Rockier Road

The plaintiff in a proposed class action against Target Corporation for alleged “hypoallergenic” cosmetic fraud neglected to venture a definition for the term and focused to a distracting extent on claims ultimately found to be non-actionable puffery – e.g., “gentle.” Other hypoallergic suits pending around the US are built on sturdier ground and likely will be harder to dismiss.

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Plaintiff Digs Deep In Almay Archives For ‘Hypoallergic’ Fraud Evidence

In the absence of FDA regulations, federal courts generally are weighing hypoallergenic false-advertising arguments against the “reasonable consumer” standard, with varying results. However, Almay may have provided a more substantive basis for assessing the truthfulness of its hypoallergenic claims via a letter to FDA on the subject – albeit one from 1973.

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Chicago Supplement Firm Runs Out Of Chances To Correct GMP, Label Violations

"Despite repeated promises to fix the problems, Defendants have not done so. Accordingly, the United States now seeks a permanent injunction to bring Defendants’ operations into compliance with the law," US attorneys say in a complaint. Global Marketing Enterprises enters consent decree with FDA requiring that before resuming manufacturing and distributing supplements, it implement remedial measures to brings its operations into compliance.

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Health, Beauty And Wellness News: MusclePharm Results, F-Factor 'Bundle,' Fitamin CBD Brand

MusclePharm expands distribution, cuts loss; F-Factor package shakes with diet book; and Fitamin brand acquired for CBD supplements.

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Signature Formulations' CBD Products Meet FDA Drug Policy On Claims, GMPs

FDA's warning letter to Phoenix firm lists violations of the agency's GMP regulations for drug products found in an October-November 2017 inspections in addition to identifying violative claims for its balms, creams, gels, oils, salves and toothpastes containing CBD and other botanicals.

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Poppy Seed Tea Latest Catch In FDA Enforcement Net For Opioid Claims

PoppySeed Wash ‘medicinal’ beverage claiming to help ease opioid withdrawal and ease pain is an unapproved new drug and is misbranded, FDA says. Agency's warning is latest on supplements making opioid withdrawal claims, but the action has not prompted the Utah firm to discontinue selling its product online.

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Plaintiff Digs Deep In Almay Archives For ‘Hypoallergic’ Fraud Evidence

In the absence of FDA regulations, federal courts generally are weighing hypoallergenic false-advertising arguments against the “reasonable consumer” standard, with varying results. However, Almay may have provided a more substantive basis for assessing the truthfulness of its hypoallergenic claims via a letter to FDA on the subject – albeit one from 1973.

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NMI/J&J Study Probes Consumer Relationship With ‘Fragrance-Free’

Improved transparency is needed in fragrance labeling and ingredient disclosure, as well as greater “precision” in fragrance-free claims, but the demonization of all fragrance must stop, NMI researchers say, in partnership with J&J.

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FDA Analysis Of Non-Traditionally Preserved Cosmetics Indicates Likely Contamination Source

The agency’s survey of eye-area cosmetics marketed as free of traditional preservatives doesn’t raise any obvious red flags. However, it does point to a possible contamination source and suggests “the limits of preservative activity in cosmetics.”

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Health, Beauty And Wellness News: MusclePharm Results, F-Factor 'Bundle,' Fitamin CBD Brand

MusclePharm expands distribution, cuts loss; F-Factor package shakes with diet book; and Fitamin brand acquired for CBD supplements.

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Signature Formulations' CBD Products Meet FDA Drug Policy On Claims, GMPs

FDA's warning letter to Phoenix firm lists violations of the agency's GMP regulations for drug products found in an October-November 2017 inspections in addition to identifying violative claims for its balms, creams, gels, oils, salves and toothpastes containing CBD and other botanicals.

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Poppy Seed Tea Latest Catch In FDA Enforcement Net For Opioid Claims

PoppySeed Wash ‘medicinal’ beverage claiming to help ease opioid withdrawal and ease pain is an unapproved new drug and is misbranded, FDA says. Agency's warning is latest on supplements making opioid withdrawal claims, but the action has not prompted the Utah firm to discontinue selling its product online.

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