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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.

Hand Sanitizer Sales Lift South Korea’s Cosmetics Industry

In the wake of COVID-19, hand sanitizers and other personal care goods are making a profitable comeback for South Korea’s cosmetic industry, several sources report.

Expert Opinions: Sun Protection

In our April edition of Expert Opinions, we ask experts about sun protection and what that means for DNA protection factors, eco concerns, pigment alternatives, user safety and more.

Industry Insight: Sunscreen Myths, Claims and Consumer Confidence

Sunscreens have improved immensely in the past 40 years thanks to advances in formulation and a deeper understanding of sunlight and exposure. As a natural extension of progress, however, new pain points have emerged; these are discussed in brief in this commentary from world-renowned sunscreen expert Brian Diffey, Ph.D., of Newcastle University.

Washington State Enacts 'Do Not Flush' Wipes Law

Washington state has a new law on the books requiring manufacturers of nonflushable wipes to label them prominently with the phrase "Do Not Flush." The goal is to guide consumers to dispose of these products appropriately.

Health Canada Expedites Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer Distribution

Responding to the COVID-19 health crisis, Canadian officials released a plan to expedite hand sanitizer distribution to protect the public; Health Canada also notes these products are considered natural health products and not cosmetics.

Cosmetics Reform Bill Approved but Prognosis is Low

HR 5279, The Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019, is one step closer to materializing, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved the bill for next steps. However, the prognosis it will pass is low, one AI logarithm predicts.

How Companies Can Speed the EU Disinfectants Supply

In situations that threaten public health, i.e., COVID-19, European companies can appeal to authorities for an exemption from the standard authorization requirements, in this case for disinfectants, in order to speed their production.

FDA Permits Compounding, Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer Production

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two guidance documents to communicate its policy for the temporary manufacture of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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