Face-to-Face at Expo West 2018

Face-to-face at Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA, Thursday, March 8-11, 2018.

Angela and her colleague Stephen Paffrath will be attending the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this week. If you would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting please contact Angela’s assistant Jennifer Chastain at jennifer@dieschforrestlaw.com. Don’t delay as their calendar for meetings is filling up fast.

Join Me at Expo West for a Presentation on “Greenwashing: FDA/FTC Investigations on the Rise – How to Safeguard Your Company”

What better way to spend Saturday afternoon after spending a few days walking the exhibit floor?!  If you attend the Natural Products Expo West, I hope you will join me for the informative and thought provoking presentation: Greenwashing: FDA/FTC Investigations on the Rise – How to Safeguard Your Company.  The presentation is sponsored by California Baby. Continue reading “Join Me at Expo West for a Presentation on “Greenwashing: FDA/FTC Investigations on the Rise – How to Safeguard Your Company””

USDA Seeking Comments: Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Proposed Rule

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a Proposed Rule and a Proposed Order relating to the development of an Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order.  The Proposed Rule invites comments for conducting a referendum to determine whether entities are in favor of the issuance of the Proposed Order.  The Proposed Order, on the other hand, could result in a mandatory research and promotion program that would require entities with gross sales in excess of $250,000 for the previous marketing year of certified organic agricultural commodities, would pay an assessment to the program of one-tenth of one percent of net organic sales.  The range of “organic products” covered by the proposed order includes “personal care products,” i.e., cosmetics.  The comment period ends March 20, 2017. Continue reading “USDA Seeking Comments: Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Proposed Rule”

Science & Innovation Driving the Beauty Category Workshop at SupplySide West

Are you going to SupplySide® West? If so, I hope you will join me and two other presenters at the Workshop titled “Science & Innovation Driving the Beauty Category.”  In the workshop, I will discuss the legal requirements relating to supply chain verification and best practices relating to novel cosmetic ingredients.  Continue reading “Science & Innovation Driving the Beauty Category Workshop at SupplySide West”

“Organic” Claims on Non-Agricultural Goods: FTC to Hold Public Meeting

“Organic” Claims on Non-Agricultural Goods: FTC to Hold Public Meeting

In 2015, as a follow-up, in part, to the “Green Guides,” the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the USDA’s National Organic Program (“NOP”) co-funded an Internet-based study that surveyed 8,015 consumers about their perceptions and understanding of “recycled content” and “organic” claims. A purpose of the study was to determine whether additional guidance regarding the two claims should be provided through an amendment to the earlier Green Guides.  Per the report, issued last week, the conclusions drawn from the study do not justify changes or additions to the FTC’s prior guidance on “recycled” claims, but do justify considering additional guidance for “organic” claims. Thus, the FTC and USDA are holding a public roundtable on October 20, 2016, to explore organic claims for non-food products, and how they can work together to reduce deceptive “organic” claims. Continue reading ““Organic” Claims on Non-Agricultural Goods: FTC to Hold Public Meeting”

Looking Forward to the GRMA Summit in Ann Arbor, Michigan 

I have decided to try my hand at drafting a post on the WordPress app on my iPhone. I arrived in Ann Arbor –luckily unaffected by the various Delta airline issues–and am sitting waiting for what would be considered a late dinner (per the time zone). Tomorrow I will be attending NSF’s GRMA Summit. I look forward to hearing about the efforts of the various groups within the GRMA and to meeting members of the Joint Committee on Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics, which I chair. Tomorrow I will present on California’s new Made in USA law, providing an update on the state of litigation and recent FTC actions.  If you are attending the Summit, please be sure to say hello. 

To learn more about the GRMA look here. The Joint Committee on Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics is still looking for industry and public health members. If you are interested, please message me.