•There are 100 reasons to celebrate at the annual meeting of
the Consumer Specialty Products Association, which is scheduled
for Dec. 8-12 in Fort Lauderdale. The event will kick off CSPA’s
year-long Centennial Celebration, with the theme “A Century
Moving Forward – The Past,” which reflects upon the growth of the
association and industry during the past 100 years.
The annual meeting will include a full schedule of division meetings, award presentations and a keynote lecture by
Michael Beschloss, best-selling author and historian, whose
works include“Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How
They Changed America, 1789-1989.” Beschloss has served as a
historian at the Smithsonian Institution, was appointed a senior associate member at Oxford University in England, and
was elected a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.
More info: www.cspa.org
TSCA Making Waves Again
•The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) urged Congress to
strengthen the nation’s main chemical control law, the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA), in testimony before a House
subcommittee. ACI president and CEO Ernie Rosenberg told the
House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy that
the cleaning products industry is supportive of bipartisan Senate
legislation, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), which
would modernize TSCA, the nation’s 37-year old law governing
chemicals in commerce.
“A strengthened TSCA has the potential to promote con-
sumer and environmental protection while enabling innovation
for new and improved products, said Rosenberg. “That’s why we
support the Chemical Safety Improvement Act.”
“The legislation would remove barriers to Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) data-gathering and regulatory actions.
It would call upon EPA to evaluate the safety of chemicals already
in use and enable EPA to identify and act on chemicals that may
pose safety concerns.
“EPA’s enhanced ability to obtain data would encourage industry to provide health and safety information to the Agency
without regulatory delays and with fewer demands on Agency
resources,” noted Rosenberg.
Rosenberg added that the proposed legislation would preserve the efficiencies in EPA’s new chemicals review process,
which are widely acknowledged to have worked well, and are
critical to innovation.
“To remain innovative, we need strong protection for confi-
dential business information,” Rosenberg said. “A strengthened
TSCA can and must be risk-based and use the best science. EPA
must be able to get the information it needs to make informed
chemical assessment and risk management decisions.”
In related news, household products company SC Johnson,
which is based in Racine, WI, applauded the United States
House Committee on Energy and Commerce for its focus on
the much-needed legislative reforms to the Toxic Substances
“There is a clear consumer and busi-
ness case for modernizing TSCA, a statute
that has not been modified in more than a
generation,” said Kelly M. Semrau, senior
vice president–global corporate affairs,
communication and sustainability for SC
“We hope the House will be able to
come together on a bipartisan bill to re-form this antiquated law. Doing so will
give businesses a modern process and
consumers added confidence in the products that they use in their home,” Semrau
SC Johnson has pledged to work with
lawmakers in both parties to develop responsible and workable improvements to
TSCA that will garner broad public and
industry support and make the US a global leader in chemical management policy.
CSPA CelebRAteS CentenniAl
• W.S. Badger Co. Inc. has voluntarily recalled all lots of its 4oz SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen
lotion and one lot of its 4oz SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen lotion (lot 3164A) due to microbial
contamination. the products were tested and found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas
aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungi.
At press time, to adverse reactions have been reported
in connection with these products.
both sunscreens are sold in the USA and Canada
online and at major retailers as well as independent
food co-ops and pharmacies.
Also being recalled are bbQ Ant votive Candle
Holders, which were sold exclusively at Cracker barrel
Old Country Store locations nationwide from May
2013 through June 2013. According to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission’s recall, the arms used to
hold the votive cup can break, posing fire and burn
hazards. Approximately 7,900 units were sold. the
products were manufactured in China.
More info: www.cpsc.gov
W.S. BADgER, CRACKER BARREL POST RECALLS
Cracker Barrel recalled this candle.