In Brief: Anti-Coral Oxybenzone? Truth In Advertising Goes After Jeunesse
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
A study published Oct. 20 in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology suggests that UV filter oxybenzone could have devastating effects on sea-coral health. In separate news, nonprofit Truth in Advertising notifies the Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General about alleged unsubstantiated claims being made by MML firm Jeunesse Global and its distributors.
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