Should companies be held liable for things bloggers say about samples?
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Advertisers brace for online viral marketing curbs

By David Gelles in San Francisco

Advertisers in the US are bracing themselves for regulatory changes that they fear will curtail their efforts to tap into the fast-growing online social media phenomenon.

Revised guidelines on endorsements and testimonials by the Federal Trade Commission, now under review and expected to be adopted, would hold companies liable for untruthful statements made by bloggers and users of social networking sites who receive samples of their products.

The guidelines would also hold bloggers liable for the statements they make about products.

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I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up linking the dermatitis to one of the natural ingredients or actives in the product.
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Bioderma withdraws anti-stretchmark cream on allergy fears
By Simon Pitman, 03-Apr-2009

French premium cosmetics player Laboratoire Bioderma has withdrawn its ABC Maman Vergetures cream from stores in France after reports that it led to allergies.

The move came after the government backed health and sanitation safety agency, Afssaps, was alerted to the fact that a number of pregnant women had reported allergic reactions resulting in contact dermatitis after using the product.

The agency said that as a precaution it had reached an agreement with Laboratoire Derma to withdraw all stocks of the products from distribution in France and recommends anyone currently in possession of the product to stop use and return it to the point of sale.

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This guy knows his stuff, for the most part!
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Cosmetic chemist sets up online training resource
By Guy Montague-Jones, 02-Apr-2009

Cosmetic chemist and writer Perry Romanowski has launched a training website to inspire innovation in a “stagnant” industry.

The co-author of Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry said the website would be a training resource for both aspiring and working cosmetic chemists as well as scientists with beauty business ideas.

Drawing on 16 years of experience as a cosmetic scientist, Romanowski is developing content for

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Big opportunity to get creative here.
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Growing body of research points to personal care pollution hazards
By Simon Pitman, 01-Apr-2009

A series of recent studies conducted both in the US and Europe points to a growing awareness of the potential hazards from compound traces found in cosmetics.

Studies carried out by the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, The Baylor University in the US and a joint study by the Birmingham and Warwick Universities in the UK, point to potential hazards caused by pollution from a range of household products.

The findings of these studies have all been published in the last month, and are likely to be jumped upon by the media and environmental bodies as one of a number of growing threats to the ecosystem.

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So something that’s been around for decades isn’t a fad?! Shocking!!
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Private label products are not just a fad, says Professor
By Guy Montague-Jones, 27-Mar-2009

Private label food, cosmetics and household products are not just a fad that will run its course once the economy picks up, says marketing Professor.

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Does this make any sense to anyone?
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New EU rules on nanomaterials cause controversy
By Guy Montague-Jones, 26-Mar-2009

The provisions for nanomaterials in the recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive have come in for criticism from campaigners.

In the run up to this week’s vote in the European Parliament, campaigners pushed for safeguards on nanomaterials to be added to the legislation.

The adopted regulation is now the first EU law to address nanomaterials and has been welcomed as “ground breaking” by Green MEP Hiltrud Breyer.

In a statement, Breyer said the vote marks a radical departure from the current EU Commission position, which has so far argued that existing legislation is adequate.

European consumer association BEUC also welcomed the regulation as an “important step” but voiced some reservations about the rules.

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I thought this was just me…
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