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Honest Company Linked to Chinese Factory With Shady History

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Fans of The Honest Company, let's not all freak out at once. Jessica Alba's eco-friendly household goods business, beloved by mothers, has been linked to a Shanghai-based wet wipe supplier that has a shaky history with the US Federal Drug Administration.

Specifically, the FDA barred the American Hygienics Corporation imports once in 2008 due to the use of an untested "new animal drug which is unsafe," according to a report gleefully obtained by RadarOnline. AHC, which is self-described as "one of the largest private label manufacturer of wet wipes in Asia" (a claim to fame if there ever was one), has worked with The Honest Company since its inception in 2012 and has provided them with 142,595 cartons of wet wipes this year alone. A one-time offender six years ago is a stretch for drama, but one that could upset toxin-aware new mothers.

Update June 6, 2014 at 4:50pm: The Honest Company has issued the following statement to Racked:

There are several inaccuracies in the Radar article and misleading statements regarding our wipes manufacturing supplier and another brand they service (unrelated to The Honest Company) that lead to a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

We can assure you we only work with the safest, most quality suppliers, and thoroughly vet their facilities and capabilities before and during our partnership. Our wipes are plant-based, all natural, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. Our wipes manufacturing partner maintains production in a state-of-the-art FDA compliant facility. They have the following certifications and accreditations: cGMP, GMPc, ISO 9001 (all accredited by SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification service), British Retail Consortium, and Nordic Swan.

We appreciate your understanding and support, and hope that you can see the article for what it is, merely a tabloid headline.

The product in question (unrelated to The Honest Company) was flagged due to their marketing compliance issues, not health, safety, or quality concerns. The FDA instructed the other brand to repackage the product before acceptance in the US—not uncommon in worldwide trade. Our vendor was never warned, banned, or restricted from doing business in the US from any government or other organization—the focus was solely on the other brand's marketing claims.


So there you have it. Wipe on with a clear conscious, America. Wipe on.
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