Manufacturers will be able to temporarily modify cosmetic recipes

Faced with shortages, manufacturers took over Bercy’s services in the spring to request permission to modify recipes.

The country, which at the end of April allowed manufacturers to temporarily adjust the composition of some food products to replace sunflower oil, which was in short supply after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is doing the same for cosmetics, according to a Wednesday statement.

The Directorate General of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) announced in a press release that it will “Granting a limited number of temporary exemptions to certain labeling requirements“For cosmetics manufacturers who should change their formula.”In a period of time inconsistent with the printing of new packagesThis action is aimed atEnsure the continuity of supply of the relevant products‘, explains the DGCCRF, which states a guaranteeSafety and appropriate consumer informationAfter examining the request of specialists, he may grant an exemption for a maximum period of six months, which is the period required to match the packaging with the new formulation of the product.

Consumer safety guarantee

In the meantime, with a three-month tolerance, manufacturers will have to indicate on the packaging a change in the recipe, without necessarily specifying which one. For food products, for example, some carry the phrase “derog», indicating a recipe change that consumers can learn about on the DGCCRF website. Changes to recipes can only be made if they do not jeopardize the safety of the consumer and if there are proven difficulties in supply. If claims play a major role in consumer choice (such as “organic“,”natural origin“,”vegetarian» or the indication of the content of this ingredient, the DGCCRF list) is on the packaging and will not be correct after a change in the recipe, it must be explicitly modified.

The DGCCRF website area that lists recipe changes in food has nearly 4,000 references involved on Wednesday afternoon: chips, sauces, processed products, prepared fish or desserts, for example. Sunflower is also found in many products, such as chocolate, in the form of an additive lecithin.

The industrialists had taken over Percy’s services in the spring to alert the supply tensions of sunflower oil, and to ask permission to modify recipes. Ukraine, which provided 50% of world trade in sunflower oil, is no longer able to export it due to the war that closed its ports.


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