In Brief: NGO Finds 'High Risk' Baby Cosmetics; California Cleaning Bill Fails; More
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
A survey of the French market finding a high percentage of alleged "high risk" ingredients in baby cosmetics is cause for tighter regulations, Women in Europe for a Common Future says. In other news, the failure of a California bill in the state Assembly is a victory for the fragrance industry, and L'Oreal proposes a Google exec for its board.
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The California Assembly vote in the coming weeks on a bill that would mandate ingredient disclosure for household cleaning products – including fragrance components – a move that could help pave the way for fragrance disclosure in the personal-care industry and other sectors. AB 708 is backed by NGOs including the Environmental Working Group and the Breast Cancer Fund.
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is not swayed by Cosmetic Europe's updated data submission suggesting that methylisothiazolinone can be safely used to preserve cosmetic products in concentrations as high as 100 ppm, taking issue with industry's Quantitative Risk Assessment model for dermal sensitization and tests cited in the trade group's calculations. The committee stands by its position that MI is unsafe for use in leave-on cosmetics and should be restricted to 15 ppm in rinse-off products.
Beiersdorf and former owner Bayer are on the verge of settling a proposed class action in California’s Northern District challenging “mineral-based” claims on Coppertone sunscreens that also contain chemical UV filters. However, the parties will have to try again with their proposed terms.