Organismes & Associations de Consommateurs- Actualités

Organismes-associations de Consommateurs- Actualités : Encens, bougies, papier d’arménie-à quand la protection des consommateurs ?; EWG debuts verification program

« Encens, Bougies, Papier d’Arménie- À Quand la Protection des Consommateurs ? »-Que Choisir

encens-ouverture« Respirer des substances cancérigènes pour le plaisir ? Inimaginable. C’est pourtant ce qu’on peut faire, sans le savoir, quand on brûle de l’encens chez soi. Notre nouveau test sur des bougies, du Papier d’arménie, des encens et des parfums d’intérieur qu’on chauffe montre que la situation n’a guère évolué depuis plus d’une décennie d’alertes. Après avoir analysé les émissions polluantes des sprays assainissants et des aérosols désodorisants, « Que Choisir » vient de tester des encens, des bougies, le Papier d’arménie et des parfums d’intérieur que l’on chauffe. (…)»
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« EWG Debuts Verification Program »- Happi

62137« Environmental Working Group launched its new verification program regarding consumer goods. The EWG Verified: For Your Health mark will help shoppers quickly and easily identify personal care products, including cosmetics, that meet EWG’s standards while shopping in stores and online. Items bearing the mark must score in the “green” range in EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database and meet additional criteria set by EWG scientists. (…)
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« FDA- Approved Drugs Boost Hair Regrowth In Mice »- Chemical & Engineering News

« Hair Loss: JAK-STAT inhibitors already being used to treat autoimmune disorders prompt hair follicles to reboot their growth cycles.

Although the idea of going bald typically conjures images of aging men, hair loss affects people of all genders and ages: Hair can fall out prematurely because of genetic predisposition, stress, drug side effects, or autoimmune disorders. A recent test of two FDA-approved drugs—ruxolitinib and tofacitinib—now suggests that a general treatment for all these hair loss conditions might be on the way (Sci. Adv. 2015, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500973).

A team of researchers at Columbia University had observed that these drugs—approved for the treatment of myelofibrosis and rheumatoid arthritis, respectively—promoted hair growth when fed to mice but also impaired the animals’ immune systems. So the scientists were curious whether the compounds might work better when rubbed onto the rodents’ skin rather than when administered orally. (…) »

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« Hairy Situation- When treated topically on the right sides of their shaved backs with ruxolitinib (center) and tofacitinib (right), mice robustly regrew hair compared with a control (left). »

Article published on 26.10.2015, by Judith Lavelle, on Site Chemical & Engineering News

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« Makeup Spooks U.S. Lawmaker »- Chemical& Engineering News

« Toxics: Citing study, senator warns that metals in novelty cosmetics can pose danger to kids

Lipstick, eye glitter, face paint, and other costume makeup—often made in China—may contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, warns Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), referring to a study by a health activist group.

The senator is urging the Food & Drug Administration to set a limit for lead in cosmetics and beef up enforcement of packaging regulations, which require manufacturers to list all ingredients in cosmetics.

“Traces of lead and other heavy metals have consistently been found in Halloween and costume makeup from other countries and poses a great threat to the health of our children, especially during the fall season,” Schumer says in an Oct. 18 letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff. Schumer cites a 2009 study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, which found all 10 face paints it tested contained lead and six of the 10 had nickel, cobalt, or chromium. (…) »

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 09342-notw3-facepaintcxdConcerns about harmful metals in face paint grow

Article sur le site Chemical& Engineering News, Volume 93 Issue 42,  p. 5, News of The Week; Issue Date: October 26, 2015; Web Date: October 25, 2015
Author : Britt E. Erickson

Campaign For Safe Cosmetics Links Anti-Aging Items To Toxic Contaminants

ong« In a new report, « Anti-Aging Secrets Exposed, » the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says laboratory analysis of cosmetic products detecting trace levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is evidence that « no one is minding the store » when it comes to the safety of personal-care products.

The NGO urges consumers to press Congress to enact legislation that would provide FDA with added regulatory authority over cosmetics. »


Article by Lauren Nardella

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Vanilla 2015 -A Symposium on Vanilla & Vanillin

« Vanilla 2015 will be held November 4 th and 5 th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg, NJ. This meeting will focus on « vanillin: past, present and future ». In addition, the meeting will address the supply and demand of vanilla beans as well as other current topics.  


In this meeting we will address the newest breakthrough discoveries in vanilla science since the previous meeting in 2013.  The meeting will also address the burning current issues in the vanilla industry and provide an opportunity for discussion.

 Vanilla production is vulnerable to many risks, such as diseases, weather conditions, lack of genetic variability, political instability, and more, resulting in low prices for producers and high prices for consumers. 


These are the reasons why the industry is looking for alternatives to vanilla (predominantly vanillin from natural sources).

 Vanillin is the major component in vanilla, and synthetic vanillin has been used for more than 100 years.  In the last 25 years, advancement of molecular biology has led to an explosion of vanillin production by microorganisms.

In the last few years, there has been serious confusion and misunderstandings relating to the labeling of vanillin from sources other than vanilla. This meeting is meant to clear the air. Speakers from FEMA, leading vanilla producers, and food companies will be among those addressing these concerns and clarifying the subject matter. »

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ACI Releases Annual Sustainability Report

« The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s first-ever industry « materiality assessment, » which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.
The top ten issues to the cleaning products industry’s internal and external stakeholders identified by the materiality assessment include:
  • Materials:Safety of chemical ingredients; raw material sourcing and scarcity
  • Disclosure and Transparency:Public disclosure of information related to sustainability, governance, and products
  • Climate Change / Greenhouse Gases:Climate risks and opportunities; emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Ecological Impacts:Biodiversity; deforestation; environmental management; responsible agricultural practices
  • Water:Water use, waste water treatment, and water recycling
  • Workplace Health and Safety:Health and safety management; health and wellness training programs
  • Waste: Hazardous and non-hazardous waste; management of product end-of-life
  • Energy:Energy use; renewable energy
  • Supply Chain Management:Screening business partners on ethics and sustainability issues
  • Compliance:Compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations

The materiality assessment, conducted by sustainability analytics firm Framework LLC, identifies and characterizes those issues that are most material across ACI’s membership and to the industry at large.

« This assessment represents a new way of reporting on industry priorities, so it is vital to share the results with our stakeholders and engage in dialogue to gain a deeper understanding of the issues, » said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI president and CEO. « We plan to be more strategic about tracking future industry performance on these matters, and our Sustainability Report will evolve as a result. »



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L’Oréal Aims for Low-carbon, Sustainable Future by Joining US Govt.’s Climate Pledge

« L’Oreal USA announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, alongside 80 companies from across the U.S. to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.


The announcement was made at the White House Summit on Climate and the Road through Paris. The Summit gathered leaders from the government, private sector, academia, technical and scientific communities to focus on cross-sector efforts to tackle the climate change challenge here in the United States as well as on a global scale. Specifically, the event focused on how to further efforts around carbon mitigation, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as how technologies are emerging to support and scale these efforts.

“By joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, L’Oréal USA is uniting with other leading companies nation-wide to voice the need for an effective and lasting climate change agreement in Paris,” said Jonathan Maher, Vice President CSR and Sustainability for L’Oréal USA.

“Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy will produce multiple benefits with regard to sustainable economic growth, public health, resilience to natural disasters, and the health of the global environment. Our ambition is to see the development of a clear framework to steer the country towards this goal.”

L’Oréal USA’s Commitment

By the year 2020, L’Oréal USA will:

-Reduce CO2 emissions at our manufacturing plants and distribution centers by 60% in absolute terms, from a 2005 baseline.

-Reduce water consumption by 60% per finished product unit, from a 2005 baseline.

-Reduce waste by 60% per finished product unit, from a 2005 baseline.

-Send zero waste to landfill.

-Reduce CO2 emissions from transportation of products by 20% per finished product unit, from a 2011 baseline.

-Source 100% renewable raw materials from sustainable sources.

-Continue our “Zero Deforestation” ambition to include:

• 100% of palm supply will be free from deforestation.
• 100% of board and paper for packaging and POS (promotional material) will be certified.

About L’Oréal USA

« L’Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the worldwide leader in beauty. L’Oréal USA manages a portfolio of 30 iconic beauty brands, including Carol’s Daughter, Clarisonic, Essie, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Kiehl’s, Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Matrix, Maybelline New York, NYX, Redken, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. In addition to its corporate headquarters in New York City, L’Oréal USA has research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 13 other states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington with a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. »


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