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Posted by Lenore on November 11, 2000 at 18:21:00:

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You said in a previous post that those terms actually had no medical basis. I spoke to a lady at the Olay Company (actually part of Proctor & Gamble) and she claimed that those terms were considered to be legal claims and that in order to use those terms a company had to apply to some government board or agency to have their product tested or reviewed such that they could legally use those terms on the product. (I know the same is true for using the term "SPF" with a number factor. A company has to apply somehow in order to be able to make that claim.) Was she mis-informed? My doctor told me to look for products with those terms on them, so I assumed that they actually had some legal, scientific, medical standard that is testable attached to them. Does anyone for sure have the facts on this issue? If any company can make those claims at their own discretion, without needing to prove it somehow through testing, then those terms are meaningless to us, the consumers.
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