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					  briefs                                                                                 inform March 2009, Vol. 20 (3)                    165

  Global specialty chemicals supplier
  Cognis (Monheim, Germany) recently
  signed an agreement to sell its Botani-
  cals Extracts Business to Burgundy
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  Botanical Extracts Iberia, S.A. (here-
  after, Burgundy). Cognis said it sold
  the Botanicals Extracts Business in
  order to streamline its portfolio in
  businesses that offer critical mass and
  bring competitive synergies in its key
  markets. The new owner is Burgundy,
  a company specializing in the botanical
  extract business using solvent extrac-
  tion, headquartered in Reyssouze, near
  Lyon in France. The company is owned
  by Cristal Union Group and Holding
  Financière Maconnaise (HFM).
        The Botanicals Extracts Business
  focuses on the production of botan-
  ical extracts for pharmaceuticals,
  dietary supplements, and cosmetics,
  and operates two production sites
  in Spain. Its main products—licorice
  derivatives, phytopharmaceuticals,
  and dry and liquid herbal extracts for
  the dietary supplements and cosmetic        lawsuit claims                                    dient disclosure requirements are virtually
                                                                                                nonexistent in the United States.”
  industries—are supplied to customers                                                                 The group says that the exception to
  around the world. Under the agree-                                                            the requirements is a long-forgotten New
  ment Cognis will continue production
  and distribution of certain botanical       flouting disclosure                               York state law that requires household and
                                                                                                commercial cleaner companies selling their
  products for the cosmetics industry
  and will retain ownership of its Planta-
                                              law                                               products in New York to file semi-annual
                                                                                                reports with the state listing the chemicals
  lin range, comprised of selected plant      A group calling itself a nonprofit, pub-          contained in their products and describing
  extracts designed for functional food       lic-interest law firm says that US compa-         any company research on these chemicals’
  and beverage applications. Burgundy         nies manufacturing household cleaners are         health and environmental effects.
  Botanical Extracts will distribute the      refusing to follow a New York state law                  Earthjustice noted that in the three
  Plantalin range to the pharmaceuticals      requiring them to disclose the chemical           decades since the 1976 law was passed,
  and dietary supplements industry in         ingredients in their products and the “health     companies have failed to file a single report.
  the European Union.                         risks they pose.”                                 In the third quarter of 2008, environmen-
                    nnn                             Oakland, California-based Earthjus-         tal and public health advocates said they
  Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes      tice recently filed a lawsuit against man-        sent letters to more than a dozen compa-
                                              ufacturers Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati,          nies asking them to comply with the law,
  of Cardiovascular Disease (University
                                              Ohio), Colgate-Palmolive (New York, New           and the companies that have been targeted
  of California-San Francisco, USA) have
                                              York), Church & Dwight (Princeton, New            in the lawsuit each ignored or refused this
  found that an enzyme associated with
                                              Jersey), and Reckitt-Benckiser (Parsippany,       request. Earthjustice noted that several
  the synthesis of fat in the body is also    New Jersey) on behalf of a coalition of state     companies complied with the request, filing
  an element in healthy skin and hair.        and national groups, including: Women’s           reports with the state for the first time.
  The enzyme is acyl CoA:diacylglycerol       Voices for the Earth, Environmental Advo-                “Sierra Club is working through the
  acyltransferase 1 or DGAT1. Mice that       cates of New York, New York Public Inter-         courts and with the industry on efforts to
  lack DGAT1 have many interesting            est Research Group, Riverkeeper, Sierra           fill in the gaps where the public still doesn’t
  characteristics. For example, they are      Club, and American Lung Association in            have the information it needs to make smart
  lean, resistant to diet-induced obesity,    New York.                                         consumer decisions,” said Tom Neltner, co-
  are more sensitive to insulin and leptin,         Earthjustice said in a press release that   chair of Sierra Club’s Toxics Committee.
  and have abnormalities in mammary           the first-of-its-kind case could have national    “This New York law can protect consum-
Description: Under the agreement Cognis will continue production and distribution of certain botanical products for the cosmetics industry and will retain ownership of its Plan talin range, comprised of selected plant extracts designed for functional food and beverage applications. According to the agreement, the Performance Products division of Huntsman will market and sell 50% of the anionic and amphoteric surfactants manufactured in Zavod Sintanolov's newly commissioned plant in St. Petersburg.
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