On January 26th, 2011, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released a report for review on the skin care ingredient, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A palmitate), by the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Technical Report Review Committee. The conclusion from the findings was that retinyl palmitate increases the carcinogenic effects of artificial sunlight. However, the U.S.-based industry association, Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), suggests that the findings are flawed due to an inappropriate test system that casts doubt on the reliability of the study results.
For the time being, this issue is isolated to the U.S. and is being dealt with by PCPC. To our knowledge, there has been very little media pick-up on this matter both here and in the U.S. That said, the CCTFA is still closely following this issue and will keep members informed should anything new arise.
CCFTA Webinar : Conquering a Saturated Public Policy Environment in Canadian Government Relations, March 31, 2011