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P&G recalling some Oral-B brand mouthwashes in Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

OTTAWA, Canada — Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling some of its Oral-B brand mouthwashes in Canada due to possible microbial contamination, Health Canada announced.

P&G is voluntarily recalling Oral-B Anti-Cavity Dental Rinse- Alcohol Free (NPN 02129930) and Oral-B Anti-Bacterial with Fluoride – Alcohol Free Daily Use Mouthrinse (DIN 02130823).

P&G is requesting that retailers immediately stop the sale of these products and advising consumers to discard the affected product and contact the company for a refund by calling (800) 566-7252, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

According to P&G, if present, the microbial level poses virtually no risk to healthy people. However, people with severely weakened immune systems, such as those with cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to adverse health effects. As such, Health Canada reminded Canadians who have concerns about these products to consult with their healthcare practitioner.

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Helix BioMedix partners with Sk:n to launch anti-blemish products

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOTHELL, Wash. — Helix BioMedix, a developer of bioactive peptides, has announced that three new anti-blemish products developed by the company have been launched by Sk:n, a U.K. skin health clinic.

The products debuted at the 37 Sk:n clinics and larger Boots Chemist shops across the United Kingdom starting July 4, and are part of an extensive line under the Sk:n brand. The collection is split into cleansing and exfoliating, anti-aging, anti-blemish, corrective and protect treatment areas, and will form part of Boots’ dermatological offering, which currently features such brands as Vichy and Avène.

"We are pleased to partner with the U.K.’s premier dermatology group to bring innovative, problem-solving skin care products to market. We feel that Sk:n is uniquely suited to bridge the best of the dermatology and consumer skin care continuum, and we are delighted our patented technology and targeted formulations bring benefit to acne sufferers," stated R. Stephen Beatty, president and CEO of Helix BioMedix.

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Hain Celestial Group announces transition to NSF/ANSI 305 standard

BY Antoinette Alexander

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a maker of natural and organic personal care products, has announced its transition to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients.

Two years ago, Hain Celestial began a program of reformulation and relabeling to adhere to the NSF/ANSI 305 standard, the American National Standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients.

The NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients specifies the materials, processes, production criteria and conditions that must be met in order to make organic labeling and marketing claims. Under this standard, all personal care products with "organic" claims — other than ingredient lists — must contain a minimum organic content of 70% (070), and must be formulated without any ingredient or process disallowed by the NSF.

"We continually review our personal care product formulations and standards," stated Irwin Simon, president and CEO of Hain Celestial. "To meet the expectations of our loyal consumers, we are proud to announce that we have adopted the NSF/ANSI 305 ‘made with organic’ standard across our Avalon Organics and Earth’s Best Organic personal care brands. We are currently in the process of certification and labeling transition. These changes affect all production as of November 2011."

The company’s natural brands also may become compliant to the standard — the JASON, Zia natural skincare and Alba Botanica brands have all updated their packaging to identify as organic-only specific ingredients on products’ ingredient lists. These changes have affected all production as of June 2011.

The manufacturer stated that all of the certified organic ingredients in its products meet all federal requirements pursuant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. They are certified organic by such organizations as Quality Assurance International, Oregon Tilth, Ecocert and other third-party organic certification agencies.

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