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Indian Cosmetic Legislation Delayed in Light of COVID-19

Regulators from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have delayed establishing new cosmetic legislation due to COVID-19.

U.S. FDA Red Flags Careful Cents, LLC for COVID-19 Claims

Careful Cents, LLC, is marketing essential oils that, according to the U.S. FDA, are misbranded drugs based on their claims. The agency issued a warning letter highlighting examples including immunity-boosting and antiviral effects, and positioned to address COVID-19.

Johnson & Johnson Ends Talc-based Baby Powder Sales in North America

Johnson & Johnson has stated that it will be removing its talc-based powders from North America due to a decline in demand but will continue to sell its cornstarch-based baby powder.

Cosmeservice Speeds Cleanser-to-Hand Sanitizer Registration in the EU

In Europe, Cosmeservice is offering express service to re-register as hand sanitizers previously registered and eligible cosmetic cleansers within one week to support COVID-19 prevention.

'Toxic-free' Cosmetics Act Moves Forward

Assembly Bill 2762, California's "Toxic-free Cosmetic Act," advanced in the state assembly. The Personal Care Products Council responded with support for the proposed legislation.

Second Nature: Sustainability as the Outgrowth of Naturals, A Commentary

Personal care consumers increasingly demand natural products but these are not always sustainable, especially considering the broader principles of this doctrine. This paper is a commentary on natural products and ingredients, certifications and innovations to advance this category in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

NSF International to Offer GMRA Certification and Audits

GMP standards developer NSF International will now provide official Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GMRA) certification and audits for dietary supplements, cosmetics/personal care products and OTC drugs.

FDA Warns 1,500 New Sanitizer Makers: Follow the Rules

Safety and fraudulent claims are new concerns in the hand sanitizer market. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased restrictions, some 1,500 new hand sanitizer manufacturers have registered to help; but many are not following the FDA's policy.

Certified 'True': Food Virtues in Beauty, Part I

In relation, consumer belief in third-party endorsements has given rise to certification programs to reinforce claims; these are explored here in the first of a two-part series. More cosmetics on the market not only contain popular food ingredients, but also carry popular claims from the food industry, such as organic and halal.

Federal Judge Disallows Unscientific Testimony in J&J Talc Lawsuit

While some 16,000 lawsuits will press on alleging a link between J&J's talcum powder and ovarian cancer, the company highlighted one win for science: the testimonies of select expert witnesses for the plaintiffs were excluded due to unscientifically sound evidence.

BASF Increases EU Price on Neopentyl Glycol and 1,6-Hexanediol

BASF has announced a price increase in Europe for its two polyalcohols, neopentyl glycol and 1,6-hexanediol.

China to Ban Production and Sale of Microbeads

China issued a draft inventory on April 10, 2020, of plastics prohibited or restricted from production, sale and use and further specified details of its pending microbead ban including deadlines for the manufacture and sale of products containing them.

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