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Labeling Claims—Untangling the Rules

By: David C. Steinberg
Posted: September 3, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Who is to blame? The industry itself. The continued negative promotion of ingredients is like the industry wearing a “kick me” sign on its back.



  1. Cosmetic Product Manufacturers (Feb 1995), available at: (Accessed Jun 15, 2009)
  2. FDA Cosmetics Handbook (1994) p 13, available at (Accessed Jun 15, 2009)
  3. Federal Register, 58 (90) 28208 (May 12, 1993)
  4. (Mar 13, 2009)
  5. Guidelines for Cosmetic Advertising and Labeling Claims, available at (Accessed Jun 10, 2009)

David C. Steinberg founded Steinberg & Associates, a consulting firm based in Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA, in 1995. He also was a co-founder of the graduate program in cosmetic sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he lectured for 18 years on the chemistry of cosmetic ingredients. He has more than 35 years of experience in marketing, technical service and regulatory affairs in the personal care industry, and was president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in 1991. He is a frequent speaker worldwide on cosmetic regulations, cosmetic preservation, sunscreen chemistry and the chemistry of cosmetic ingredients.

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