Common hair dye 2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine, its sulphate and dihydrochloride salts banned

The chemical 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine will be prohibited in the EU, along with its sulphate and dihydrochloride salts, in all hair, eyebrow and eyelash dye products, as of 22 November this year.

The chemical has now been added to the list of prohibited substances in Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

The ban applies to new products from November, but in order to give retailers time to shift stock, it will not apply to products already on the market until 22 February 2020.

2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine is used at concentrations of up to 4.6% in hair, eyebrow and eyelash dyes and prior to use is mixed 50:50 with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. It results in red and violet colours.

The ban is the culmination of a procedure that has been in train since 2013 when the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) gave its opinion that it could not be considered safe for consumers due to a lack of available data.

The chemical was tested following user reports of skin sensitisation, particularly after repeated use.

The SCCS concluded that it is “at least a ‘strong’ sensitiser”, although animal tests to evaluate if the substance was carcinogenic or caused gene mutations proved inconclusive. The EU notified the WTO in July last year that it was likely to face a ban.

Partly in light of EU concerns, Australia made an interim decision in February to strengthen packaging warnings on products containing 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine, stating: “2-chlorophenylenediame and its sulfate are strong skin sensitisers and there is evidence of severe allergic reactions when used in humans as a dye for eyebrows and eyelashes, with symptoms of itchy dermatitis on eyebrows, itchy dermatitis on the eyelids and swollen eyelids, watering, itchiness and redness in both eyes, followed by severe inflammation of eyelids and conjunctival chemosis.”

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EU finds teeth whitening product ingredients ‘non-compliant’

The regulatory study found some products contained carcinogens and toxic ingredients.

Nearly 300 samples of tooth whitening products have been found to be non-compliant with European Union cosmetic regulations.

The tooth whiteners and whitening strips were assessed in a Market Surveillance Study by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM).

According to the survey, nearly 80% of brush-on whiteners and more than 50% of tray-based teeth whiteners were at fault.

The issues concerned included hydrogen peroxide content, which was higher than permitted and the presence of a CMR substance, which was classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

As well as non-compliant ingredients, several products tested were found not to be registered in the Cosmetics Products Notification Portal (CPNP) and some were incorrectly labelled, despite most products being manufactured in European countries.

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Advertising watchdog rules Candy Coat’s website ‘misrepresented’

The professional nail care and subscription box brand argued its reviews were genuine.

Nail polish brand Candy Coat has lost an ASA ruling after its self-appointed ‘five star’ rating could not be substantiated.

The British regulator found that the brand deliberately did not include negative reviews into its rating system and therefore misled customers.

In response to the complaint, the professional nail care and subscription box brand argued that the reviews with images are displayed at the top of the website and are generally positive.

According to the ASA, Candy Coat said: “The star ratings related specifically to the product on that page and the rating for one product would not affect the rating for another.

“They said that they had chosen to display reviews with images towards the top of the page and that, generally, negative reviews did not have photos, so were more likely to be displayed towards the bottom of the page.

The advertising watchdog said: “Candy Coat said that both positive and negative reviews were featured across the website and that the star rating was a true reflection of their customers’ experiences.

“However, they did not provide any data showing how they had calculated the aggregate star rating for the advertised product nor documentary evidence to show that the reviews or scores which accompanied it on the page were genuine, such as comprehensive list of all reviews considered.”

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Carcinogen asbestos found in Claire’s cosmetics

US regulators, the FDA, have warned people not to use certain makeup products from Claire’s after samples tested positive for cancer-causing asbestos.

The US regulator conducted the tests after learning of reports of asbestos in products sold by retailers Claire’s and Justice in 2017.

The company has disputed the findings and refused to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) request for a recall.

In its safety alert, the FDA identified the products as Claire’s eye shadows, contour palette and compact powder and cited the talc used in the products.

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Australia finally bans animal testing for cosmetics

Australia has become the latest country to ban animal testing for cosmetics after the Australian government passed a bill that will prohibit the practice in the country, more than 20 years after the practice was banned in the UK.

The Australian Senate has passed the Government’s Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017, which includes measures to ban reliance on new animal test data for chemicals introduced into Australia for use as ingredients in cosmetics.  Click here for news story.

Animal testing on cosmetics or their ingredients was banned in the UK in 1998.  The UK was the first nation in the world to ban animal testing on cosmetics.

The EU fully banned animal testing of finished cosmetic products in 2013.

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Henkel has recalled some of its EU vegan product range NAE due to the presence of microorganisms

Henkel has recalled some of its vegan product range NAE due to the presence of microorganisms in the formulations.

The products are on the market in France, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

Henkel has detected the presence of microorganisms above the accepted level. The brand states that “this recall is made as a precautionary measure because, in very rare cases, the latter can cause skin and eye infections, particularly in consumers with weakened immune systems, under certain conditions (open wound, eye contact).

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Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in damages to 22 women who alleged that its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

A jury in the US state of Missouri initially awarded $550m in compensation and added $4.1bn in punitive damages.

The verdict comes as the pharmaceutical giant battles some 9,000 legal cases involving its signature baby powder. Read more on BBC news.

Talc and asbestos often occur together in the earth, and mined talc can be contaminated with the carcinogen.

The World Health Organization and other authorities recognise no safe level of exposure to asbestos. While most people exposed never develop cancer, for some, even small amounts of asbestos are enough to trigger the disease years later. Just how small hasn’t been established. Many plaintiffs allege that the amounts they inhaled when they dusted themselves with tainted talcum powder were enough.

A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.

The documents also depict successful efforts to influence U.S. regulators’ plans to limit asbestos in cosmetic talc products and scientific research on the health effects of talc.

Double talc: How Johnson & Johnson hid evidence of asbestos in its Baby Powder

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Neutrogena slammed for creating an ‘excessive earth killing’ product

Neutrogena has been criticised on social media for launching an “environmentally damaging” product.

According to the Johnson & Johnson-owned brand, the US$7.99 individually wrapped make-up remover wipes are “perfect for travel, work, or the gym” and “instantly refresh skin on the go”.

The individually wrapped make-up remover wipes have been blasted online by consumers concerned about how single use plastics will impact the environment.

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The ASA has banned ads from Clearasil, Dermalogica, Feelunique and Johnson & Johnson promoting acne skin care ranges

UK advertising watchdog clamps down on acne claims

British watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a string of skin care adverts claiming to target acne.

Clearasil, Dermalogica, Feelunique and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) were all ordered to remove online campaigns that made ‘medicinal claims’.

A web page on Dermalogica’s website, promoting its MediBac clearing range, said the products are designed to “treat, clear and prevent adult acne” and “provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the main factors that contribute to acne”.

Dermalogica proposed to replace “acne” with the terms “breakout” or “blemish”.

However, the ASA believed the amendments would not be enough. It argued that acne is a medical condition and beauty product adverts that stated, or implied, a product could prevent or treat acne were medicinal claims.

The ASA said: “spots’ would most commonly be associated in public perception with acne, and therefore claims to prevent or treat them would also likely be seen as medicinal.”

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Hydroquinone – man jailed for selling skin products containing banned ingredient

Man ‘first to be jailed’ for selling skin lightening products

A South London shopkeeper has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for selling skin products containing banned ingredient hydroquinone.

Mohammed Iqbal Bharodawala, 45, from East Ham, admitted nine charges of selling products which contain banned ingredient hydroquinone.
The father-of-six also admitted 15 counts of inadequately labelling harmful products, through his company Jenny’s Cosmetics Ltd.

He received 20 months prison time, a company fine of £1,500 and costs of £5,000, after pleading guilty to nine offences relating to the supply of skin lightening products containing the ingredient hydroquinone, banned under European regulation.

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