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The Environmental Health Network of California
Files Petition With the FDA


May - June 1999 - Number 57

Lynn Lawson writes:

"In an unprecedented action, the California-based Environmental Health Network [EHN] has petitioned the FDA to have Calvin Klien's eau de parfum "Eternity" declared misbranded because it contains toxic ingredients and ingredients whose safety has not been substantiated, but its packaging has no warning label. Please support this petition by writing:

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"Time is of the essence. The FDA has six months to respond, but may respond much sooner."

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Our Toxic Times
June 1999 ; Vol. 10, No. 6; Issue 108

Cynthia Wilson writes:

On May 10, 1999 the Environmental Health Network (EHN) submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration requesting that it declaare Calvin Klein's Eternity eau de parfum misbrnded because the product contains toxic chemical[s] yet has no warning label.

An independent laboratory analysis of the perfume found such toxic chemicals as diethyl phthalate, phenols, benzeneethanol, and synthetic musks, which is the basis for the petition under the following FDA regulations:

21CFR Sec. 740.1 states : The label of a cosmetic product shall bear a warning statement whenever necessary or appropriate to prevent a health hazard that may be associated with the product.

21CFR Sec. 740.2 states: A warning statement shall appear on the label prominently and conspicuously as compared to other words, statements, designs, or devices and in bold type on contrasting background to render it likely to be read and understood by the ordinary individual under customary conditions of purchase and use, but in no case may the letters and/or numbers be less than \1/16\ inch in height, unless an exemption pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section is established.

21CFR Sec. 740.10 Each ingredient used in a cosmetic product and each finished cosmetic product shall be adequately substantiated for safety prior to marketing. Any such ingredient or product whose safety is not adequately substantiated prior to marketing is misbranded unless it contains the following conspicuous statement on the principal display panel: "Warning--The safety of this product has not been determined."

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