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ACCC Appeals 'Flushable' Wipes Decision

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has appealed the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss part of the ACCC’s case against Kimberly-Clark which relates to claims it made to consumers about its Kleenex Cottonelle ‘flushable’ wipes. The ACCC had alleged that in representing its products as ‘flushable’ on product packaging and its website, Kimberly-Clark had misled consumers about the suitability of its wipes to be flushed down the toilet. In June 2019, the Court found that Kimberly-Clark’s ‘flushable’ claims were not false or misleading. In the same judgment, the Court also found that Kimberly-Clark had misled consumers when it claimed its Kleenex Cottonelle ‘flushable’ wipes were made in Australia, when they were in fact variously made in Germany, South Korea and the UK.   Source: Un-flushable wipes

Australian Traveller Fined for Importing Unapproved Products in Luggage

An individual has been fined for the alleged importation of unapproved therapeutic goods to be used in cosmetic procedures after returning from an overseas trip to China. Australia's therapeutic goods legislation prohibits the import, export, manufacture and supply of therapeutic goods for human use that are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) or otherwise the subject of an exemption, approval or authority.   Source: Traveller luggage bust

Medical Devices: The LED Light Fantastic

LED (light-emitting diode) works by exposing skin cells to light which stimulates them and helps boost efficiency and repair damage. When it comes to cosmetic use, the red light, for example, is typically used to boost collagen and elastin while the blue light is used to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. LED lights don't have UV light. Dr Min Yeo, a functional medicine general practitioner, recommends that if you do use them, to ensure that the devices are TGA approved and that the operator is qualified/insured.    Source: Annie Brown, SMH LED light therapy

USA Sunscreen Testing Company Boss Arrested for Allegedly Defrauding Clients

AMA Laboratories owner, Gabriel Letizia Jr, has been accused of falsely representing panellist numbers to customers. For more than 30 years, AMA, based in Rockland County, New York, has tested the safety and efficacy of cosmetics, sunscreens and other products on specified numbers of volunteer panellists for a range of consumer product companies. From 1987 to 2017, Letizia, AMA’s owner and Executive Director, along with other senior staff members are alleged to have defrauded AMA customers out of tens of millions of dollars by testing products on materially lower numbers of panellists than specified or paid for by its customers, according to the indictment.   Source: Cosmetics Business Cosmetic testing fail

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