CSPA, ACI COMMENTS
•The American Cleaning Institute (ACI, formerly The Soap
and Detergent Association) expressed continuing support for the
federal government’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program,
but is disappointed with its newly issued guidelines governing the
qualification of products under the DfE’s Standard for Safer
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which administers the DfE program, issued updated criteria for product attributes required for cleaning products to qualify for DfE recognition.
ACI said the agency’s position on such areas as ingredient communication, use of prohibited ingredient lists not vetted through U.S.
stakeholders, asthmagens, allergens and sensitizers, and enzymes
could pose barriers to participation, would set unfortunate precedents for mandatory programs in other jurisdictions, and are not
warranted by the science surrounding the safety of these products
Further, DfE has blurred the lines between what is purportedly
a cleaning products standard with sections devoted to criteria for
products designed for prolonged dermal contact, according to the
While DfE maintains that the move was made to broaden the
sectors open for partnership, the associations insist it obscurs the
purpose of this standard, which is to establish“minimum require-
ments for identifying cleaning products that meet the U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency’s DfE Safer Product Labeling Pro-
gram (also known as the Formulator Program) criteria.”
“DfE’s provisions for the listing of ingredients used in cleaning
products are not consumer-friendly and would threaten companies’
ability to protect confidential business information (CBI). CBI pro-
tects the pipeline of innovation which leads to environmentally-
friendly cleaning products,”said Michelle Radecki, ACI vice president
and general counsel.
Industry Sees a Variety of Recalls
From hair care to bathroom cleaners, the household and personal prod-
uct industry has experienced several recalls in the past few months from
the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
• Approximately one million Redken Spray Mousse Foam Cans were
recalled. The aerosol container’s liner can corrode over time, posing a
risk of the cans rupturing and expelling its contents.
Redken received 41 reports of cans rupturing. No in-
juries were reported at press time. This recall involved
Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Mousse Foam sold in
10.58- and 2-oz. size cans at salons and beauty sup-
ply stores nationwide from January 1998 through
• The Procter & Gamble Company recalled more than
10 shades of Clairol Natural Instincts in the U.S.,
Canada and Puerto Rico. The company said it is taking
the step due to a mismatched ColorFresh! Revitalizer
sachet in the kits that may create an unwanted color
result. The primary hair colorant was not affected.
• Almost eight million candles were recalled at Pacific Trade International, as the gift sets posed a fire hazard. The candles have a clear,
plastic cup that can melt or ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Pacific Trade has received one report of the plastic cup melting while in use. No injuries or property damage were reported at press
time. The recall involved tea lights sold under the brand names Chesapeake Bay Candle and Modern Light in various colors.
• Scotch Corporation recalled its Instant Power Toilet Bowl Restorer because the contents can leak from the cap when the bottle is turned on its
side. When this happens, the cleaner (model number 1803) can come
into contact with consumers and property, posing a risk of chemical
burns and irritation to the
skin and eyes. At press
time, Scotch has received
seven reports of bottles
leaking, resulting in property damage.
More info: www.cpsc.gov
Pacific Trade candle sets.