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September 4, 2008

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 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 products 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 labels.”
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.
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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: