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EU Endocrine Disruptor Regs In Limbo; Parliament Urges 'Suspected' Category

The European Commission is mulling directives from Parliament regarding its criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors, following the latter's rejection of a related EC draft regulation in October. Among shortcomings cited by lawmakers is the absence of a "suspected" ED category, which would be "extremely relevant" in the cosmetics sector, they say.

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New ISO Natural/Organic Guidelines Draw Criticism From Standards Orgs

Industry consultants and natural standard pioneers are critical of the International Organization for Standardization’s two-part guide for defining and calculating natural and organic content in cosmetics, published in full in October. The groups say ISO 16128 is weaker than existing standards, will exacerbate consumer confusion and do little to insulate brands against false-advertising litigation.

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Too Faced To Appeal NAD Ruling On '1,944% More Volume' Mascara Claim

The National Advertising Division sides with challenger Benefit Cosmetics, advising Lauder's Too Faced brand to discontinue claims that its Better Than Sex mascara awards “1,944% more volume." Too Faced is appealing the decision, which raises questions about evidentiary thresholds and confidentiality protections.

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Kratom Supplement Marketers Dispute FDA Warning, Ask For Review

In addition to a review of the advisory announced by FDA Commissioner Gottlieb, a trade group petitions the agency for a meeting to allow stakeholders "to correct misstatements and factual errors on the science regarding the safety and addiction potential of kratom."

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NAD Head Laura Brett On Program Streamlining, Class Action Climate And Mascara Feuds

A Q&A with Laura Brett, four months into her new role as director of the National Advertising Division.

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Implied Nudity In BOCA Toothpaste Ad Objectifies Women, UK Watchdog Says

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled Nov. 22 that the image of a reclining, seemingly naked woman in an ad for BOCA organic toothpaste violates advertising codes by objectifying women and thereby causing widespread offense.

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Mannatech Makes Hash Of Ingredient Identities In Label, Online Claims

Mannatech crosses FDA line on promoting supplements to treat inflammation and tripped on labeling regulations in differentiating MannaBears and other products, according to a warning letter. A second warning published Nov. 21 noted to contract manufacturer Vita-Pure's ingredient testing problems.

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Medical Food Firm's Production Investigated After Rash Of Adverse Events

FDA receives 194 adverse event reports regarding Primus Pharmaceuticals''s Limbrel medical food capsules, including two about "potentially life-threatening medical conditions." The agency says a likely relation was found between the product and the conditions reported in 30 of the AERs.

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ISO Natural/Organic Standard Based On Science, Not 'Values' – Cosmetics Europe

Some stakeholders are critical of ISO 16128 because it doesn't set a minimum threshold for natural or organic content in so-labeled products or include an ingredient blacklist. But Cosmetics Europe says it's up to regulators to build on the ISO guidelines with rules for product claims, and private standards banning ingredients in line with consumer "values" can continue to serve more discriminating shoppers.

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GAO Report Casts Shade On Sunscreen Ingredients' Chances With FDA

GAO report requested by leadership of House and Senate committees with oversight of FDA adds evidence behind an argument that the agency's monograph process for sunscreen and other OTC ingredients should be changed substantially to facilitate making more pharmaceutical remedies available nonprescription.

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IFRA Hosts Capitol Hill Scent Experience In Timeout From Policy Concerns

The International Fragrance Association North America took a break from its higher-stakes advocacy work Nov. 1 to give US lawmakers and congressional staffers a "scent experience." Perfumers from six of the group's biggest members were on hand with "Scents of Home," joined by Monell Center researchers to educate attendees on the mechanics of scent and the important role it plays in people's lives.

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Industry Challenges UK Microbead Ban While Awaiting Larger EU Plastics Strategy

Draft legislation in the UK would ban plastic microbead in all rinse-off cosmetics, not just those for exfoliating and/or cleansing purposes, and prohibit the manufacture of such products even if they're intended for export to countries without microbead restrictions. Industry has lodged an objection to the proposal with the European Commission, which is developing its own plastics strategy, slated for release in December.

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Rose Report Podcast: October 2017 In Review

Rose Sheet’s editorial team counts down top news items in the cosmetics and dietary supplement sectors from the past month.

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J&J’s Talc Winning Streak Continues With Calif. Mesothelioma Verdict

A California jury sided with J&J Nov. 16 in the first trial over whether alleged asbestos in the firm's talcum powders caused plaintiff's mesothelioma. The verdict could help check what threatens to be a new field of litigation against J&J for alleged talc dangers, and the firm also is gaining momentum in its defense against ovarian cancer claims.

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Family Business Making Cancer, HIV Claims Sent To FTC Time-Out

FTC and supplement marketer NextGen Nutritionals reach a $1.3m settlement over claims the firm made for products including hoodia. The order stipulates the firm discontinue making “gut-check” claims and using false testimonials and certification seals.

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Rose Report Podcast: October 2017 In Review

Rose Sheet’s editorial team counts down top news items in the cosmetics and dietary supplement sectors from the past month.

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NAD Head Laura Brett On Program Streamlining, Class Action Climate And Mascara Feuds

A Q&A with Laura Brett, four months into her new role as director of the National Advertising Division.

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Implied Nudity In BOCA Toothpaste Ad Objectifies Women, UK Watchdog Says

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled Nov. 22 that the image of a reclining, seemingly naked woman in an ad for BOCA organic toothpaste violates advertising codes by objectifying women and thereby causing widespread offense.

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ISO Natural/Organic Standard Based On Science, Not 'Values' – Cosmetics Europe

Some stakeholders are critical of ISO 16128 because it doesn't set a minimum threshold for natural or organic content in so-labeled products or include an ingredient blacklist. But Cosmetics Europe says it's up to regulators to build on the ISO guidelines with rules for product claims, and private standards banning ingredients in line with consumer "values" can continue to serve more discriminating shoppers.

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Sexy Hair, Ulta Fail To Dismiss Suit Challenging 'Sulfate-Free' Line

Massachusetts District Court says a plaintiff has satisfied minimal requirements to proceed with her proposed class action, which alleges that the previously named Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free line actually contained sulfates and other salts, contrary to marquee claims. In fact, while reasonable consumers wouldn't think to look there, the ingredients were identified in small print in back-panel ingredient lists, she says.

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J&J Wins Reversal Of $72M Talc Verdict, Signaling Whole New Ballgame

What has seemed an endless queue of plaintiffs waiting to litigate claims against J&J in Missouri for alleged talc harm may begin thinning out following a June mistrial and now the reversal of an earlier $72m verdict against the company, both due to jurisdictional issues dictated by a recent Supreme Court ruling.

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Second Warning, Second Unsafe Ingredient For Total Body Nutrition

FDA's Sept. 28 warning letter to Total Body Nutrition also noted violative claims and labeling for its products marketed with the TBN brand and listed GMP problems. First methylsynephrine in 2016, now DMAA land firm on FDA enforcement radar.

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Mannatech Makes Hash Of Ingredient Identities In Label, Online Claims

Mannatech crosses FDA line on promoting supplements to treat inflammation and tripped on labeling regulations in differentiating MannaBears and other products, according to a warning letter. A second warning published Nov. 21 noted to contract manufacturer Vita-Pure's ingredient testing problems.

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Family Business Making Cancer, HIV Claims Sent To FTC Time-Out

FTC and supplement marketer NextGen Nutritionals reach a $1.3m settlement over claims the firm made for products including hoodia. The order stipulates the firm discontinue making “gut-check” claims and using false testimonials and certification seals.

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Coconut Probiotic Beverages Recalled Due To Premature Spoilage

Harmless Harvest's recall of a product it launched in January is attributed to premature spoilage and tests identified Candida lusitaniae "as the predominate microorganism as the cause of spoilage," FDA says.

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