SDA, CSPA BLAST FINDINGS
ON FABRIC CARE, FRESHENERS
Research challenging the safety of ingredients in fabric care
and air freshener products is deceptive and raises false
fears about products that have a long record of safety and
effectiveness, according to two reports from The Soap and
Instructions for proper use, storage and disposal is key for labeling in
products such as fabric care or air fresheners, according to the CSPA.
Detergent Association (SDA) and Consumer Specialty
Products Association (CSPA) criticizing a paper published
in the Environmental Impact Assessment Review and its
surrounding publicity. The paper pertained to fragrances
and ingredients known as volatile organic compounds
(VOCs), which are found in a variety of consumer products.
“The research in question is, in essence, a rehash of past
studies that offers nothing useful to manufacturers, regulators or consumers,” said Richard Sedlak, SDA senior vice
president, technical and international affairs. “The lack of
any exposure assessment greatly diminishes the significance of the alarmist warnings made by the author.
“Fragrances, volatile organic compounds and the prod-
ucts that contain them are not exempt from any federal
health and safety laws,” he added.
“The paper is misleading and has a number of factual
inaccuracies,” said Chris Cathcart, CSPA president. “Air
fresheners, laundry products and other consumer specialty
products are regulated under the Federal Hazardous
Substances Act and subsequently have strict labeling
requirements. Companies producing products that are regulated under FHSA must name on the product label each
component that contributes to the hazard. Simply stated,
these products are safe when used according to product
Given the limited space on product labels, the CSPA
advocates that the most important information on the label
is instruction on proper use, storage and disposal. This
information should be identifiable on a label.
More info: www.cleaning101.com, www.cspa.org
CSPA Sets Up Website for Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars now and save the dates for the CSPA’s 95th
Annual Meeting Dec. 7-11 at the Marriott Harbor Beach
Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
According to the CSPA, the meeting’s theme “Learning
from the Past and Preparing for the Future,” will build on
the Mid-Year Meeting’s theme of “Perceiving and Acting
Beyond the Headlines” by reflecting on what the assocation
has learned from the past to shape its future vision.
A general session breakfast will kick off the event, with
elections of the 2009 board of directors, presentations of the
Allderdice and Chairman’s awards and featuring keynote
speaker Jon Meacham, author/historian and editor of
Newsweek. CSPA divisions will present programs ranging
from their own particular interests to those crossing division lines, and at least one special session on green products is planned.
Marketing events at the resort’s cabanas will take place
during free lunch hours and at the Suppliers Night
Reception, mixing business with networking.
Annual meeting registration will be $875 for CSPA
members by Nov. 14 and $925 thereafter, along with $250
for spouses and guests. Registrations will cover all posted
activities and events, with registered spouses receiving a
gift certificate to the Harbor Beach Spa.
A block of rooms is being held at the Marriott Harbor
Beach Resort for CSPA meeting attendees, with special
group rates. More info: www.cspa.org/public/annual