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Mintel reports large increase in market for natural personal-care products

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO Once the domain of hippies and college town residents, organic personal-care products are now in, according to market research firm Mintel.

The market for organic and natural personal-care products has grown by 35 percent, from $345 million in 2005 to $465 million today. In addition, new product launches in the market have increased from 554 three years ago to 846 in 2007.

Retailers and manufacturers have begun partnering to produce products, notably Walgreens and the Yes To Carrots brand, which blends vitamins and minerals, juices from orange-colored fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene and mud from the Dead Sea to create skin and hair products.

Women constitute the bulk of people using the products, though many appeal to men as well. Hispanics, too, represent a growing market, Mintel reported.

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President calls for additional $275 million for FDA

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration was ceded an additional $275 million in funds by the Bush Administration for fiscal year 2009, the agency announced Monday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt called on Congress to act quickly on this budget amendment and pending Administration legislative proposals to strengthen FDA.

“Today’s action supports the fundamental change in strategy currently underway at FDA to adapt to the demands of the rapidly growing and changing global economy,” the agency stated. The agency plans to allocate the funds toward expediting implementation of the strategy outlined in the Action Plan for Import Safety and the complementary Food Protection Plan, both released in November 2007.

“Last year we outlined important changes in how this nation deals with imports,” Leavitt stated. “We are moving from an intervention strategy—where we stand at the border and try to catch things that are unsafe—to an integrated strategy of prevention with verification. We are rolling the borders back and seeking to build safety and quality into products at every step of the way before they reach American consumers.”

“We commend President Bush for his leadership in announcing an amendment to his 2009 budget proposal with additional funding for the FDA in the amount of $275 million,” said Grocery Manufacturers Association president and chief executive officer Cal Dooley today. “The FDA has been under-funded for far too long. This increase provides for a significant down payment toward FDA’s critical budgetary needs and is a good step in the right direction.”

The increase brings the Administration’s total proposed increase in the FDA’s budget for FY 2009 to $404.7 million—a 17.8 percent boost in funding from FY 2008.

The budget amendment proposes the following increases for core FDA programs:

• Protecting America’s Food Supply (+$125 million)

• Safer Drugs, Devices and Biologics (+$100 million)

• Modernizing FDA Science and Workforce (+$50 million)

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Listerine teams with Olympians to support Right to Play program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Two Olympians are working with Johnson & Johnson’s Listerine subsidiary to teach healthy behavior and team values to disadvantaged children in developing countries.

In a program sponsored by subsidiary Listerine and endorsed by Olympic Medalists Paul and Morgan Hamm, J&J will donate up to $100,000 to the Right to Play Red Ball Child Play program, which improves the lives of children through play and sports, until the end of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The company will donate $1 for every person who clicks on a link on www.listerine.com.

Right to Play works with 500,000 children in 23 countries affected by poverty, disease and war.

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