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Supply, material costs drive up price of beauty products

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Amid fears of inflation, customers in the beauty-products aisle are seeing prices increase as the cost of raw materials grows.

Dow Chemical, a major supplier, announced last month that it will increase costs for raw materials by as much as 20 percent. Meanwhile, product manufacturers such as Japan’s Kao and Germany’s Henkel have announced that shelf prices would likely increase. Pantene, Procter & Gamble’s hair-care line, has already increased in price.

Most of the increases come from rising petroleum prices, but natural and organic products have not been immune. For example, French brand Florame has had to deal with supply shortages and is responding by growing some of its own ingredients.

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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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