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Updates to Upcoming Cannabis Legalization in Canada

Updates to Upcoming Cannabis Legalization in Canada

In November 2017, Health Canada opened a public consultation on their proposed approach to regulating cannabis upon legalization. They have recently posted the summary of the comments they had received during the consultation, in addition to further information about upcoming label and packaging requirements upon cannabis legalization. In summary, Health Canada’s consultation paper proposes a set of regulations for licences, permits and authorizations that intend to deliver high quality legal cannabis, allow for a diverse and healthy legal industry involving large and small players, as well as reduce the possibility of crime that may infiltrate the industry. Notable information taken from their consultation summary includes Health Canada’s proposal of a Cannabis Tracking System. This national system would allow the Minister of Health to track cannabis throughout the supply chain, in hopes of preventing the risk of cannabis diverting into the illegal market. While many respondents agreed with the idea of ensuring legal cannabis isn’t entering the illegal market and product recalls, there were concerns about the cost of a system like this and its effect on licensed smaller scale growers. As a result, there will be changes to this proposed system. Also, the existing regulations surrounding health [...]

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FPR Nominated Co-op Employer of the Year

Focal Point Research is very honoured to have received an award nomination  for Co-op Employer of the Year last month from the University of Guelph. FPR was nominated by student Anna Schwanke who completed an 8-month Co-op term at FPR in 2017. Co-op employer"FPR has provided me with on outstanding co-op experience through the work, skills, and contacts I have had an opportunity to develop. I was able to expand the skills I developed during past work terms by taking the lead on certain projects and managing many time sensitive projects in different areas of the business has given me greater confidence in the workplace. I was given the opportunity to participate in meetings with material suppliers, industry consultants, and patent lawyers, helping me to make many valuable contacts for the future. Exposure to a variety of fields and working closely with people with extensive backgrounds in these areas has broadened my view of possible career paths. Focal Point Research Inc. is an exceptional employer in the work experience they provide, as well as the friendly and supportive environment."                            [...]

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The Rise of Halal Makeup

The Rise of Halal Makeup

The makeup and personal care industry is increasingly becoming inclusive to suit enthusiasts of all ethnicities, and beliefs. This can be seen by the rise in popularity of halal makeup. This trend a result of the growth of the economies of Middle Eastern countries which has a large Muslim population. Halal-certified products must not contain alcohol, animal fats, be tested on animals, have ingredients derived from pigs, nor animals that have been slaughtered in a non-halal manner.  Ingredients that present challenges for Halal consumers, are: collagen, hyaluronic acid, carmine sodium, cochineal and glycerin – all of which are or can be derived from animals. In addition to the standards on the ingredients used, the halal certification will also look into the manufacturing facility as well as the packaging, tools and utensils involved. Halal makeup has grown worldwide and has been chosen by many Muslim consumers as well as non-Muslim customers who are conscious of ingredients derived from animal sources. And as a result, many companies are interested in producing halal cosmetics to market its benefits to the natural and organic healthy living sector. Although this rise of halal cosmetics brings new choices to ethically [...]

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Is the Future of Prescription Drugs DNA-Based?

Is the Future of Prescription Drugs DNA-Based?

There are a lot of people who refuse to take prescribed and non-prescribed medication. Many for fear of any adverse side effects that can lead to hospitalizations or even death. Looking at the numbers, there is a reason why. In Canada, more than 10,000 Canadians die every year and 200,000 are sent to the hospital as a result of adverse drug reactions. In the United States, adverse drug reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in Americans. These high numbers are a product of certain drugs metabolizing differently within different individuals. As seen in a case in 2007, where a newborn baby had died of a morphine overdose. The mother was given a small dose codeine after a painful birth and she had metabolized the drug into morphine so quickly that it became present in her breast milk in lethal amounts that her baby ingested. It makes you wonder, how does a painkiller work with no problems in one person but can kill another – its by your DNA. This idea isn’t newly discovered, long before human DNA was even sequenced, it was assumed that negative drug reactions appear to run in families. It was under this [...]

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The Increasingly Green Trend in Cosmetics and Personal Care and how Beauty Companies can do their Part

The Increasingly Green Trend in Cosmetics and Personal Care and how Beauty Companies can do their Part

More consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of their makeup and personal care brands. In a study of female Chinese consumers, 45% have stated that products in their facial care routine includes natural ingredients and herbs to improve their skin.  However, the green trend extends beyond the ingredients. Consumers are also looking outside of the product containers as well. Many more consumers today than ever have been looking at the environmental impacts of their product packaging and will prefer brands that are shown to be environmentally friendly. Not only do some companies show their environmental consciousness in the ingredients they use, but many beauty manufacturers demonstrate their ability to be green by their manufacturing and distribution operations. There have been an increasing number of beauty companies that are operating on renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprint. Recently, a major industry player has found themselves announcing their intention to make all of their 21 manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States to be carbon neutral by next year. The player in question is L’Oréal USA, and they intend to achieve this by powering their facilities using [...]

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