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Kimberly-Clark recalls certain lots of Kotex tampon product

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark on Wednesday recalled a limited number of a Kotex product distributed to specific stores in the United States.

The company said that the recall of Kotex Natural Balance Security unscented tampons regular absorbency is limited to two product SKUs: 15063 (18-count packages) and 15068 (36-count packages). The tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii, a bacterium that may pose such health risks as vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening.

The lots were shipped to retail between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 in specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; specific Fry’s stores in Arizona; and specific Smith’s stores in Utah and Arizona. All impacted stores have been alerted to remove the recalled product SKUs from shelves. Not all of the stores in the mentioned states, however, were impacted. A listing of stores impacted and the latest information also can be found on the Kimberly-Clark website and the Kotex brand website.


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Coty names former Reckitt Benckiser CEO as nonexecutive chairman

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty has announced that Bart Becht, former Reckitt Benckiser CEO, has joined its board as nonexecutive chairman.

Becht stepped down as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, a U.K.-based consumer goods company, in August 2011.



"I am pleased that Bart has agreed to join the board of Coty as its chairman," stated Peter Harf, who served as Coty’s chairman since 2001 and will continue to serve as a director of Coty and head of its compensation committee. "His longstanding experience at the head of a global consumer goods company will be an invaluable asset for Coty, as we continue to grow and thrive. I intend to remain active as a board member and look forward to working with Bart."

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Clothing maker American Apparel expands beauty line with lip gloss collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer American Apparel is expanding its beauty portfolio with the launch of its first line of lip glosses.

The company is adding nine shades of gloss to its palette of Made in USA beauty products. The nine colors feature names that evoke an array of facets of the American Apparel experience, such as Legalize LA, a bright red using the slogan of the company’s call for immigration reform, and Pantytime, an apricot-toned pink named after American Apparel’s yearly celebration of all things underwear.

According to the company, the rave reviews of its first beauty product, nail lacquer, spurred the company to set an even higher bar for its lip glosses. It is sourced and developed in partnership with a Los Angeles-based, vertically integrated family-owned business. The collaboration produced a petroleum-, fragrance-, mineral oil- and cruelty-free gloss.

American Apparel lip gloss is priced at $12 per tube and will be sold at American Apparel stores worldwide, as well as online. The rollout of the lip gloss will begin in 50 select American Apparel stores and will expand as the production run increases.

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