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September 4, 2009

SDA Supports TSCA Modernization Act

Ernie Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), issued the following statement at a news conference where the American Chemistry Council announced a set of principles to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):

“SDA congratulates the American Chemistry Council for announcing important principles for modernizing TSCA.SDA has been working with ACC and will continue to work with our partners throughout the supply chain for science-based regulations that protect human health and the environment.

“SDA’s members work to enhance global public confidence in the safe use and management of cleaning products and their ingredients through a system of decision making that is scientific and collaborative.

“Modernizing TSCA will go a long way toward enhancing the public’s confidence in responsible management and regulation of chemicals. SDA is committed to targeted risk-management measures that focus priorities and are practical, timely, transparent and responsive to the needs of consumers and other stakeholders.

“We also want a program that will encourage innovation and acknowledge the benefits our products provide to enhance health and the quality of life of billions of people around the world.”

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The Council Defends Sunscreen in Fighting Harmful Effects of the Sun

After the Environmental Working Group recently questioned the efficacy of sunscreens, the Personal Care Product Council went on the offensive, defending the product formulas. John Bailey, chief scientist for The Council noted that for more than 30 years, consumers have benefited from the use of sunscreen products to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun, including sunburn, premature aging and certain types of skin cancers.

“The safety and efficacy of sunscreen products have been thoroughly studied and tested by scientists and regulatory bodies throughout the world, and there is an extensive body of credible scientific research that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens,” noted Dr. Bailey.

However, according to the Environmental Working Group, three out of five sunscreens offer inadequate protection from the sun or contain ingredients with significant safety concerns.

Dr. Bailey pointed out that the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, physicians and other health professionals and organizations, including The Council, urge consumers to minimize their sun exposure as part of their personal safe sun strategy.

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