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Good Hygiene Saves Lives, According to SDA

November 11, 2005

The benefits of good hygiene should not get lost in media headlines concerning “hygiene hypothesis,” according to the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), Washington, DC. Executives said recent news coverage of this loosely defined theory suggests that “too clean” environments may somehow be detrimental to health. “Let’s get real,” said Ernie Rosenberg, SDA president. “In very simple terms, good hygiene saves lives. Cleanliness has a highly beneficial effect on our health by combatting the spread of many kinds of contaminants, infectious agents and allergens.”

The World Health Organization estimates that 3 billion people worldwide lack proper sanitation. The World Bank warned poor sanitation and hygiene practices can give young children diarrheal disease. SDA executives added that appropriate cleaning practices, such as handwashing and surface cleaning, prevents cross-contamination in food handling and between people. More info:

In other SDA news, nominations will be accepted for SDA Glycerine Innovation Award until Dec. 1. SDA’s co-sponsor, the industrial oil products division of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), is accepting admissions. The $3000 award recognizes outstanding achievement in research into new glycerine applications with emphasis on commercial viability. The award will be presented at the 94th AOCS annual meeting in Kansas City, MO, May 4-7, 2003. More info: Kathleen Atchley, (217) 359-2344; Fax: (217) 351-8091; E-mail:

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