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California Organic Labeling Law Applies To Personal Cleansers, If Not 'Soap'

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

A California district court specifies that personal cleansing products must meet the federal definition of "soap" to be excluded from labeling requirements under the California Organic Products Act, which mandates 70% organic content. In defending the consumer class action, Hain Celestial argued that 133 disputed Avalon Organics and JASON "organic" products were actually soaps, but the court found only 14 that qualified as such in its decision partly granting plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment.

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