Hugo Naturals earns gluten-free seal
CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Hugo Naturals, a maker of natural personal care products, has received the gluten-free seal from the Celiac Sprue Association, designating the company’s full range of products as gluten-free and appropriate for the growing population with celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease trigged by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The disease affects about 1-in-130 people, and a diet and lifestyle free of wheat, barley, rye and oats will alleviate the symptoms and help prevent the onset of related illnesses, such as osteoporosis.
"As celiac disease diagnoses become increasingly commonplace, more and more people are seeking out products that will help them better manage their symptoms," stated Hugo Saavedra, co-founder of Hugo Naturals. "Third-party certification is necessary to keep consumers informed, and to have the CSA recognize us with its seal, showing that we are a wholesome choice for those with celiac disease, is an honor."
Initiated in 2004, the CSA Recognition Seal Program marked the first of its kind in the United States. To qualify, Hugo Naturals provided the CSA with its specific procedures and policies for producing products and agreed to adhere to the CSA’s standards for processing and packaging.
Hugo Naturals products are sold at select food and independent health and beauty retail channels throughout the United States and Canada.
Colgate Total encourages diabetics to brush up on oral hygiene habits
NEW YORK In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Colgate Total is offering consumers tips to build good oral hygiene habits.
Citing a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which noted the increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, the toothpaste brand has made the following recommendations to consumers:
- Control your glucose levels. If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease than people with properly controlled glucose levels;
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line;
- Brush at least twice a day and use an antibacterial toothpaste. This is proven to reduce the germs that can lead to gum disease;
- Schedule regular dental cleanings. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, and remind your dentist that you have diabetes — oral care should be a part of your overall diabetes management care to ensure that serious gum disease isn’t causing your blood sugar to rise, making diabetes harder to control; and
- Look for early signs of gum disease. Report any signs of gum disease — including redness, swelling and bleeding gums — to your dentist.
"Overall, there is low awareness among the diabetes community about the association between oral health and the short- and long-term implications it may have on a successful, comprehensive diabetes management plan," said Maria Emanuel Ryan, a professor of oral biology and pathology at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. "One of the many complications of diabetes is a greater risk for periodontal disease. Poor control of diabetes can cause various adverse effects in the mouth, such as salivary gland dysfunction, dental caries and oral infections. If you have oral infection and inflammation, it’s much more difficult to control blood glucose levels. Intensive periodontitis treatment significantly reduces levels of A1C, a measure of glucose control over the prior two to three months."
For more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, please visit OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.
Coty acquires Dr. Scheller Cosmetics
NEW YORK Coty has agreed to acquire Russian beauty maker Kalina Group’s German subsidiary, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics. Under the deal, Kalina will retain the rights to the Dr. Scheller skin care business and related subsidiaries.
The acquisition further enhances Coty’s portfolio, which now will include DSC’s German makeup brand, Manhattan, and its anti-acne cosmetic brand, Manhattan Clearface. With these products, Coty will become the second-largest player in the German color cosmetics market, the company said. Coty’s market share in the color cosmetics category in Germany will increase from 7% to 17%. Globally, the color cosmetics pillar will represent 25% of Coty’s total portfolio. It also paves the way for Coty to achieve its goal of becoming a $7 billion beauty company by 2015, the company added.
"The acquisition of Dr. Scheller Cosmetics is a natural extension of our strategy to offer a well-balanced portfolio of brands, representing some of the leading consumer products in Germany," said Bernd Beetz, Coty CEO. "Their well-established brand, high-quality products, market presence and loyal consumers will complement and add value to Coty’s existing offerings."
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the transaction is subject to certain merger control approvals.