Beauty Brands Sued Over Use of the Term “Organic” on Labels
Posted Jun 21 2011 6:06pm
The California-based Center For Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a lawsuit against 26 cosmetic companies , claiming they have been misleading consumers with their use of the term “organic” on their product labels.
The CEH discovered that these companies were in direct violation of the 2003 California Organic Products Act which states that any product with “organic” on the front label must consist of 70% organic ingredients and those with less than 70% organic ingredients can only use “organic” on the ingredients list. The CEH also found that many of these products included toxic and harmful ingredients with known or suspected links to conditions such as child birth defects, hormone disruption, asthma and cancer
Currently there is little government regulation in terms of cosmetics safety. Virtually any ingredient can be used in personal care products with no pre-market safety testing. The 2010 Safe Cosmetics Act, a bill that proposed that all personal care items should be free of unsafe ingredients, was introduced July 2009, never got past committee reviews.
The full list of companies and their mislabeled products that CEH identified in the lawsuit are listed below (the products listed are just examples; CEH has identified multiple mislabeled products from the companies):
Advantage Research Laboratories, Inc./Murray’s Worldwide, Inc.: Parnevu T-Tree No Lye Conditioning Relaxer System