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Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Settles w Com Commission

News release
15 February 2008

A settlement has been reached between the makers of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen products and the Commerce Commission regarding four batches of product previously sold into New Zealand.

Prior to the settlement, the manufacturer of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen products, Tanning Research Labs Inc, had already confirmed that all Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens currently sold into the New Zealand market have passed screener testing against the non-mandatory joint Australian/New Zealand standard for SPF testing and their packaging has also been updated to address issues under the Fair Trading Act identified by the Commerce Commission.

Patrick Lewis, Vice President of Hawaiian Tropic’s International Division said the issues identified by the Commission regarding the four products with the specific batch codes listed below were immediately and voluntarily corrected by the company last year as soon as the Commission made it aware of the issues with the non-mandatory New Zealand standard which differs from that in other countries.

“As a global leader in sun protection the efficacy of our products is paramount. We regret any confusion which may have been caused and can assure Kiwis enjoying the summer that all Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen products sold into New Zealand are effective for use as described on the labels and packaging. They should always be used along with hats, shirts, sunglasses and a rest in the shade in the middle of the day to offer the safest sun protection.”

Previously, all of the Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen products sold into New Zealand had satisfied all the SPF testing requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association (COLIPA).

The Commerce Commission issues relate only to the four products with the specific batch codes set out below. For any customers who have purchased Hawaiian Tropic products with the batch/codes set out below, Tanning Research Labs Inc is happy to offer a full refund or replacement with a fully compliant product. Any customer queries should be directed to 0800 804 711.

Hawaiian Tropic SPF 15 Plus Sunblock, batch/code no. 4151H;
Hawaiian Tropic Kids Splash SPF 30 Sunblock, batch/code no. 5007H;
Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 Plus Sunblock, batch/code no. 5205M;
Hawaiian Tropic Baby Faces SPF 50+ Sunblock, batch/code no. 5017J.

ENDS

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