'May Contain' Ingredient Disclosures

Sep 1, 2011 | Contact Author | By: David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates
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Title: 'May Contain' Ingredient Disclosures
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Abstract: The US Code of Federal Regulations lists1 the rules for displaying ingredients, and besides outlining the content that must be included and its order of appearance, the regulation describes use of the “may contain” clause, which while legally only applies to pigments, has been abused and is thus the main topic of this column.

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DC Steinberg, 'May Contain' Ingredient Disclosures, Cosm & Toil 126(9) 628 (2011)

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In the 1970s it became a requirement in the United States to label cosmetics intended for consumer purchase with a declaration of ingredients on the principle display panel. The purpose of this was to inform consumers about the contents of the product so they could make a “value” purchasing decision or avoid chemicals to which they are allergic. Professional use-only products are exempt except under certain conditions, which will be addressed later. The US Code of Federal Regulations lists1 the rules for displaying ingredients, and besides outlining the content that must be included and its order of appearance, the regulation describes use of the “may contain” clause, which while legally only applies to pigments, has been abused and is thus the main topic of this column.

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Biography: David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

David C. Steinberg founded Steinberg & Associates, a consulting firm based in Plainsboro, NJ, USA, in 1995. Co-founder of the graduate program in cosmetic sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he lectured for 18 years on cosmetic chemistry, Steinberg has more than 35 years of experience in marketing, technical service and regulatory affairs in the personal care industry. In addition, he was president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in 1991. Steinberg is a frequent speaker worldwide on cosmetic regulations and preservation as well as sunscreen and cosmetic ingredient chemistry. In 2009, he was honored as the first regulatory expert in personal care to be granted fellow status by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. He wrote the Alluredbook, Preservatives for Cosmetics, Third Edition. 

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