July 26th, 2008 | Natasha
L Oreal sued by former director for selling carcinogenic chemicals and false advertising in South America and Europe
*L Oreal sued by former director for selling carcinogenic chemicals and false advertising in South America and Europe
The cosmetics company got slapped with a lawsuit claiming it knowingly sold products with potentially carcinogenic chemicals and false advertising in South America and Europe. Shockingly, the suit was filed by one of their own…Jerome Chevallier, who was the former Regulatory Affairs Director for the company. Chevallier claims he was fired after complaining about his suspicions to higher-ups.
L Oreal has denied these allegations to ABC News. Releasing a statement stating
“It is our policy that we do not comment on ongoing litigation, but the company intends to vigorously defend itself in this lawsuit.”
Here are the detailed allegations:
• Maybelline products that went to South America contained dibutyl phthalate, a potential carcinogen.
• L’Oréal sold products in Europe that contained a refrigerant.
• The company sold a deodorant containing Tricolsan (also banned for being an anti-microbial agent), even though they released statements saying they would no longer use the chemical.
• Products in Europe contained unlawful levels of Kathon CG, a preservative linked to dermatitis, and information about this was removed from the company computer system.
• The company marketed PureOlogy products as “100 percent vegan,” when they contained animal-derived ingredients.
• The chemicals used in these claims are not banned in the U.S.
The L’Oréal Group is the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company and is headquartered in the Paris suburb ofClichy, France. L’Oréal has developed activities in the field of cosmetics, concentrating on hair color, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfumes and hair care. L’Oréal is active in the dermatological and pharmaceutical fields. L’Oréal is also the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.
L’Oréal is a listed company, but the founder’s daughter Liliane Bettencourt, who is one of the richest people in the world, and the Swiss food company Nestlé each control over a quarter of the shares and voting rights.
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