THE COUNCIL TO HOST
ANNUAL MEETING THIS MONTH
• The Personal Care Product Council is heading back to the
east coast of Florida and the historic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach
for the 2013 Annual Meeting. Set for Feb. 25-27, the conference
features a top-notch lineup of speakers and sessions, according
to the association.
Keynote speaker is Stephen J. Dubner, journalist, radio/televi-
sion personality and award-winning author of“Freakonomics.”
Of note, there is a new 2pm start time on Feb. 25 with an
attendee opening session. According to The Council, this mid-
afternoon session will open up additional time in the busy con-
ference schedule for private meetings and strategic business
appointments. On Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, The Council will be host-
ing enhanced and expanded policy sessions on global strategies,
legislative activities and regulatory issues facing the industry.
More info: www.personalcarecouncil.org/
CSPA Teams Up with Humane Society
• The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) and
Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) jointly announced an agreement to voluntarily add a bitter flavoring
agent to antifreeze and engine coolant manufactured for sale
for the consumer market in all 50 states and the District of
Columbia to prevent animals and children from being poisoned
by the sweet-tasting liquid. Poisoning occurs because animals
are attracted to the sweetness of antifreeze and engine coolant,
which inadvertently spills in driveways or is left in open containers in garages.
“Partnering with the Humane Society Legislative Fund in
passing these laws in 17 states has shown that, by finding compromise and working together, we can develop sound public
policy. It is vital that consumers continue to read the labels and
follow label instructions on the proper use, storage and disposal
of antifreeze. Today, all major marketers are placing the bitterant
in antifreeze in all 50 states,” said Phil Klein, executive vice president, legislative and public affairs for CSPA.
Denatonium benzoate has been used in common household
products and as an anti-nail biting formula for decades in the US.
More info: www.cspa.org
ACI Response to CPSC Alert
• The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reit-
erating the need to follow proper usage and storage practices
when handling laundry detergents, including single-load liquid
laundry packets, in a new alert issued by the agency, according to
the American Cleaning Institute (ACI).
“All laundry and cleaning products should be kept out of sight
Despite warnings from the industry, children are
accidentally ingesting unit dose detergents.
and out of the reach of children,” said Nancy Bock, ACI senior
VP-education.“We agree that it is important to reiterate the mes-
sages for parents and caregivers on the steps they can take to
keep detergent out of reach of children. Education is the key to
prevention of injuries.”
In addition to precautions stated on labels, detergent manu-
facturers are intensifying efforts to raise awareness of the simple
steps that can help prevent accidental exposure to laundry deter-
These awareness-raising initiatives include messages in TV
commercials, online advertising, print advertising, signage in
retail stores, and information on product websites, along with
“keep out of reach of children” icons on product packaging.
In other news, Amway’s Catherine Ehrenberger and Sasol’s
Tom O’Brien are the new leaders of the American Cleaning
Institute board of directors.
The board also elected a new director, Kelly Semrau, senior
vice president, global corporate affairs, communication and sus-
tainability, SC Johnson. •
• The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) will con-
duct a California Pesticide Regulatory Course for Consumer Products
on March 13-14 in Sacramento, CA. Topics include: Trends that
Can Capture Consumer Products, Pyrethroids and Urban Surface
Waters, Green Chemistry, Focus on Consumer Products and Air
CSPA TO HOST CALIFORNIA PESTICIDE
Quality & Consumer Product Formulations, to name a few.
Also, on March 14 from 1:30-5pm there will be a “boot camp”
designed for those who are new to the California regulatory environment or want to learn more about it.