Cosmetics, Product Safety

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Chemicals derived from Animal Rendering are a result of the meat industry ‘recycling’ animal waste. Here is a link to one Canadian Company who recycles dead animals to provide pharmaceutical chemicals. It is interesting to note when and how the chemical division and partnership with pharmaceuticals developed.

Animal-derived chemicals are ubiquitous, The David Suzuki Foundation has produced a wallet size card detailing ‘The Dirty Dozen’, 12 chemicals to avoid. Since we know Sodium Laurel Sulphate is derived from animal rendering and it is a common ingredient in products on Canadian shelves that shows us that there is, in fact, no laws against it. Rendering is an acceptable method of recycling, it’s a ‘cost opportunity’, an opportunity to make money instead of lose it.

Below are some links that provide information on what products are a healthier choice as well as what to avoid and why. I’ve also included links to both Health Canada and The Department of Justice Laws that apply to Chemicals in Cosmetics.

Thank-goodness for the people of Environmental Working Group! They’ve done all the work and created a clear and easy to navigate site with a section dedicated to Cosmetics.

EWG Has created a database of companies and products, go to:

Health Canada’s General Requirements for Cosmetics Ingredients says:

“Cosmetic products are subject to the provisions of the Food and Drugs Act and its Cosmetic Regulations regarding composition, safety, labelling and advertising. Additionally they are subject to the provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations.”

“The three most significant features of the Canadian cosmetic regulatory system are mandatory notification of all cosmetic products, safety of ingredients and products, and product labelling.”

“The Guidelines for Cosmetics Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors provide an overview of the requirements for the sale of cosmetics in Canada.”

Rothsay says:

“Rendering is Recycling” Recycling in its truest form, the rendering process transforms waste animal by-products, such as meat scraps, fat and bone into valuable, nutrient rich finished goods. Rendering is a necessary service for the agriculture and food industries and plays an important role in ensuring that animal by-products are disposed of safely.”

Canada Packers was formed in 1927 during a period of consolidation among Canadian meat packers.

“The chemical division, created in the late 1960s, became more significant with the establishment of Harris Laboratories, which develops pharmaceuticals for human use, in 1975. The division also created MTC Pharmaceuticals for the veterinary-product industry in response to continual growth in demand for drugs related to foodlot production”

The practice is not isolated by country, below is a link to an international chemical company. If there was any doubt about the origins of raw animals products used here it is in black& white.

Style Solutions – “operations commenced in 2004, the company’s principals date back to 1952 which grant us a very rich professional experience and competence. Since inception, the company has continuously evolved becoming a multi-national meat processing organisation. The companies operations encompass organic rendering and the manufacture of crude pharmaceuticals ensuring international quality standards through its distribution in both the domestic and international markets. Style Solutions is a joint venture incorporating Australian technologies in the Indian meat processing industry.”

What we do:

“Style Solutions utilizes by-products of animal origin that are not intended for human consumption. Farmers, slaughterhouses and meat producers around the world are faced with increasing demands regarding handling of these by-products. Rendering of animal by-products not only solves a waste problem, it also creates high grade end products including meat and bone meal and animal fats. Rendering is the process of cooking raw animal material to remove and separate the moisture and fat.”

Further to this Style Solutions utilises these by products for a range of various crude pharmaceutical products.

Hot List of Prohibited Ingredients:

Food and Drug Act:

Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act:

Health Canada, Cosmetics Program by Regional Product Safety Office:

Cosmetic Regulations, CRC, c 869 (Canada)

Regulations Amending Cosmetic Regulations in Canada

Health Canada

General Requirements for Cosmetics

Department of Justice

Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870),_c._870/index.html

Ontario Dead Animal Disposal Act

Link to; Disposal of meat production waste (Ontario)

Here is a link to a database of Animal-Derived Chemical Ingredients (US)

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