•In his speech to Congress, President Obama underscored
his intent to seek trade promotion authority (TPA) in order to
aggressively reduce trade barriers for American businesses. With
TPA authority, the President can broker new and balanced trade
deals targeted toward aligning US and international commerce.
According to data provided by the United Nations, US exports of cosmetics and personal care products exceeded $11 billion in 2013.
“American cosmetics and personal care products companies
represent a dynamic sector of our economy and are poised to ex-
pand their global reach to meet demand for their products around
the world,” said Lezlee Westine, Council president and chief ex-
ecutive officer. “Free trade agreements such as the TransPacific
Partnership and the TransAtlantic Trade & Investment Partnership
will lower trade and regulatory barriers and increase export op-
portunities for our industry. This will translate into greater in-
novation, job growth and economic benefits for our workers
throughout the United States.”
Westine reaffirmed the Council’s support for a bipartisan ap-
proach that advances the President’s goal and promotes benefi-
cial trade policies for the personal care industry.
“We are excited by the potential of free trade agreements that
would expand foreign markets for our products,” Westine said.
“Our industry is looking forward to joining other businesses in
actively supporting the President’s pro-trade agenda.”
More info: www.cosmeticsinfo.org.
South Korea To Ban Animal Testing
•The South Korean government plans to end testing on ani-
mals for cosmetics. The ban is part of South Korea’s Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 5-Year Plan for Animal
Welfare, which includes banning the testing of finished cosmetics
product on animals. There will also be consideration of a further
ban on the testing of ingredients. Though the animal testing
won’t end immediately, South Korea is following the same strat-
egy used by the European Union.
In 2004, the EU banned the testing of complete cosmetics on
animals, followed by a ban on testing cosmetic ingredients on
animals in 2008, and then a complete ban for all cosmetic testing on animals in 2013. In addition to the EU, South Korea joins
China, Brazil and India in their efforts to eradicate cosmetic testing on animals.
“We will now be urging implementation as soon as possible so
that the full ban can be achieved at the earliest possible date, bringing Korea into line with Europe and India,”said Michelle Thew, chief
executive of Cruelty Free International.“We hope to see this echoed
in 2015 by other Asian countries where we are active.”
New CARB Regulations Are Effective this Month
•New regulations from the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) go into effect this month. The new rules apply to all products sold or supplied for use in the state of California, including
cosmetic and personal care products, and failure to comply will
result in significant fines.
In accordance with CARB’s new rules, all consumer and commercial product companies, including cosmetic and personal care
product companies, whose names appear on product labels are
required to complete a 2013 Consumer and Commercial Product
Survey. The survey requires a report of detailed information for
each product sold or supplied for use in 2013, including product
formulas and unit sales. Though past surveys have been limited
to products that emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs,) such
as hairsprays and styling products, the new survey will increase
the scope to include all products. Failure to file a report by March
2, 2015 may result in a fine up to $10,000 per violation per day.
ICMAD recently hosted a webinar on the topic. •
THE COUNCIL COMMENDS
FOREIGN TRADE ADVANCEMENT
•Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green
Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser are part of a voluntary recall
with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The prod-
ucts are labeled “Does not contain Ammonia.” However, the products
may contain ammonia. The
mislabeling of the bottles
can pose a chemical hazard
to consumers, according to
CR Brands, which is based
West Chester, OH. If ammo-
nia is mixed with bleach or
other household chemicals, irritating or toxic gases could be produced.
Approximately 83,800 units are part of the recall of products that
were sold at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Fred’s, Walmart
and small retailers nationwide from August 2014 to November 2014. The
recalled cleaning products came in white plastic spray bottles and white
or green plastic containers. The words “Mean Green Super Strength
Cleaner & Degreaser” or “Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner &
Degreaser” are on a label on the front and the UPC number is on the
back. The recall involves products with date codes 4225, 4226, 4227,
4228, 4229 and 4230.
More info: www.cpsc.gov
CPSC, CR BRANDS RECALL MEAN GREEN DUE TO CHEMICAL HAZARD