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I'm going through and filing all my products with the FDA VCRP (Ya know those pesky ingredient labels, I have to file a form for each individual ingredient in all my stuff... *EYES BLEED*)

The irritating part? The Nomenclature I have for some of the ingredients are not on the FDA list.
Well they *ARE* But it's a HIDE AND SEEK Game -- You know the government, they like to spell things different, add words like HYDROGENATED, UNHYDROGENATED (When neither is necessary. That's WET OR DRY FOLKS WHO CARES!) Hyphenate words, split up copolymers into two separate entries, etc.. they do this to things randomly so it's a pain in the ass to track down my ingredients on their list, get the 9 digit FDA code to put on the form.

Because you  know I am NOT a scientist and I don't readily know an alternative nomenclature to all these things nor magically pull them out of my ASS!

Because seriously it took me long enough to find that the LATIN name for
SHEA BUTTER = BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (Yeah I totally would have known THAT! Sounds just like SHEA BUTTER!)

That's one of many WTFery names I have to put on a label for innocuous stuff. Castor Seed Oil is "RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL" for example. Yeah that totally sounds like CASTOR OIL I could have found that easily! NOT!

I mean come on, MOST PEOPLE would not know that. What a pain in the ASS just call it fucking SHEA BUTTER or CASTOR SEED OIL, who speaks LATIN other than scientists or Ancient History Students these days?

I think it's counterproductive actually for the retail public and subsequently retailers and manufacturers like myself. Reading labels like that makes one thinks OMG CHEMICALS!!!! When there's not a single chemical in there only butters and oils that sound frankly SCARY once applied with a LATIN nomenclature.


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Mar. 14th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Well, there are chemicals. We're all made up of chemicals. Just not the man-made fake kind. ;)

I have lots of stuff with shea butter in and it just says 'shea butter' on it; the FDA doesn't let you do that? Blargh.
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Nope. I could put Shea Butter on the front somewhere. But in the Ingredient List, I had to put that Barkalounger Parkii thing. O_o
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
The vexing part about that really is that it fucks up the customer. I mean, I know what shea butter is, and I buy it because I'm allergic to cocoa butter. I kind of really need the ingredients list to say "cocoa butter" somewhere if it's in it, because otherwise I end up with a huge red rash. :(
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
That was my thinking too.
Mar. 14th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
*lurker popping in*
Sorry to pop in, but I just give you an fyi.

HYDROGENATED and UNHYDROGENATED doesn't refer whether the chemical is "wet or dry", hydrongenated can refer to the addition of two hydrogen (or more) atoms to the compound and unhdydrogenated refers to no additional hydrogen atoms.
Mar. 14th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Proof I am no scientist. I assumed HYDRO meant liquid vs. soild compound. My last science class was freshman year biology. In which I got a "C" 25 years ago. O_o

Mar. 14th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
:) I figured it might be something you want/need to know in the future, since the extra hyrdrogens/lack of hydrogens can cause the compound to have different properties. IE. Hydrogenation of unsaturated fats produces saturated fats and, in some cases, trans fats
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I use just basic vegetable oils and butters. the oly animal product I have is the goat milk powder. Thankfully my supplier had some of those ingredient nomenclatures to give me, it's the little things where my supplier gives me ONE NAME for the FDA and I have to play hide and seek to find the way the FDA wants it listed. It's extremely frustrating.
Mar. 14th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ironically, those with allergies usually don't know the scientific names for the stuff they're allergic to, either. This is why many natural product companies include the common name, in parenthesis, after the scientific name.
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