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At its Sept. 11-12 meeting in Washington, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel finalized reports for various protein and peptide ingredient families, among others, and advanced six tentative reports. The panel issued a tentative insufficient data conclusion for broad-spectrum preservative polyaminopropyl biguanide, with concerns about sensitization continuing to weigh on the group.
A potential official list of pre-DSHEA dietary ingredients must allow adding more that are substantiated later, or it could spur class action litigation targeting ingredients not on the list. FDA announces topics for Oct. 3 public meeting on processes and policy for an authorized list of "old" ingredients.
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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.
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.
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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