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Hain Celestial expresses stance on product labeling

BY Allison Cerra

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Hain Celestial expressed its continued commitment to a "back-to-basics approach to product labeling."

The natural and organic products company said that some on-pack "Nutrition Keys" — a labeling system introduced earlier this year — may omit or disguise important information about a product. Citing a recent column published in the New England Journal of Medicine that criticized the system, Hain Celestial said that it hopes all consumer packaged goods companies adopt what it referred to as "truth-in-labeling standards."

"We have a responsibility to educate consumers as to how to make good choices for themselves and their families, for both meal and snacking occasions," Hain Celestial president and CEO Irwin Simon said. "We support continued research and discussion on this important issue."

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Beiersdorf prohibited from making certain ad claims for Nivea product

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea, regarding advertising claims of its Nivea My Silhouette! skin cream.

The FTC administrative complaint charged Beiersdorf with falsely claiming that by regularly applying Nivea My Silhouette! cream to the skin, consumers could slim down. According to the complaint, Beiersdorf marketed the skin cream in nationwide television ads and through sponsored search results on Google. As part of the settlement, Beiersdorf has agreed to pay $900,000.

The proposed settlement:

  • Bars Beiersdorf from claiming that any product applied to the skin causes substantial weight or fat loss or a substantial reduction in body size;

  • Prohibits the company from claiming that any drug, dietary supplement or cosmetic causes weight or fat loss or a reduction in body size, unless the claim is backed by two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical studies; and

  • Requires that any claim regarding the health benefits of any drug, dietary supplement or cosmetic be backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence.

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Daniel Myers to exit P&G for EVP role at Kraft

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A Procter & Gamble executive will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced Thursday.

Daniel Myers — who succeeds David Brearton, now EVP and CFO of Kraft — most recently served as P&G’s VP product supply, leading the supply chain function for the company’s global hair care business, as well as coordination responsibilities for P&G’s beauty and grooming business, including manufacturing operations that supported sales in more than 170 countries.

"Daniel has extensive experience driving cost savings across complex global supply chains — in food, beverages and many other products," Kraft Foods chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld said. "This expertise will complement our current end-to-end cost-management initiatives, including Project SAVOR in procurement and Lean Six Sigma in manufacturing. I’m confident that Daniel’s leadership can accelerate efficiencies in our operations, which fuels our virtuous growth cycle."

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