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August 3, 2010

First Update of CSPA Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) has released the first update of its Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary. The update includes all the information that was in the first edition, released December 2009, with the addition of 294 trade names, creation of eight new monographs and numerous amendments to existing monographs.

The Dictionary was developed to standardize and define ingredient nomenclature for companies engaging in the industry’s voluntary Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative. The dictionary establishes consistent nomenclature of CSPA names for the Initiative that are clear, simple and accurate.

According to the CSPA, because one ingredient can have several names due to the differing nomenclature used for various product lines, it is important to provide consistency so that companies participating in the Initiative are using the most common ingredient name.

The Dictionary now includes 279 ingredient monographs defining 803 trade names for 40 suppliers.

The first edition CD of the CSPA Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary remains available for purchase at under the “publication orders” section. It is available to both CSPA members and non-members under either a single-user license or corporate-use license.

CPSC 2.0 Launches Product Safety Agency into Social Media

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched CPSC 2.0, a social networking initiative that will make safety information more accessible to consumers, according to the agency.

“Through social media, CPSC can directly reach millions of the moms, dads and others who need our safety information the most,” said CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Consumers can find CPSC on its “OnSafety” blog, which has messages, articles, videos, podcasts and other information. The site also has a “Recall Widget” tool that anyone can easily add to a website.

CPSC will also have an official presence on a YouTube channel, a Twitter page and a FlickR page.

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CPSC Issues Recalls of Mouthwash, Candles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Procter & Gamble, announced a voluntary recall of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash, 1 liter size. No incidents or injuries had been reported at press time.

The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol and certain bottles have malfunctioning child-resistant caps and lack the statement, "This Package for Households Without Young Children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Ethyl alcohol is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.

This recall involves some bottles of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash in 1 liter sizes. The recalled bottles have the number 4 on the bottom of the bottle. The bottles with the 4 on the bottom may not be child-resistant, according to the CPSC.

Consumers can also attempt to twist the cap open. If the cap can be twisted off without squeezing the tabs on the cap, the package is not child-resistant.

The products were sold in drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers between January and June 2010.

CPSC and Health Canada, in cooperation with Crate and Barrel, announced a voluntary recall of select decorative candles. This recall involves a set of nine plant-shaped green candles in clay pots that were sold in a black container with a SKU number of 557-806.

The products were sold at Crate and Barrel stores and online from February to April 2010. There are about 5,400 units in the U.S. and about 90 units in Canada.

According to the recall notice, the wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers. The firm has received one report of the wax igniting. No injuries or property damage were reported.

CPSC and Health Canada, in cooperation with Lumetique Inc., announced a voluntary recall of Dayna Decker Botanika Candles. Approximately 6,000 were sold at resorts, spas, gift shops and specialty stores nationwide from November 2009 through January 2010.

This recall involves DayNa Decker Botanika brand candles sold in 3-, 6-, and 16oz. glass containers. The words “DayNa Decker” and Bacara, Bardou, Clementine, Indigo, Leila, Manzanita, Sierra, Taiga, Violetta, Viva, Yasmin or Zelia appear on the bottom of the green glass container. Only Botanika candles with batch code 9J3, 9K1, 9L1 or 9L2 are included in the recall.

According to the recall notice, the candle flame can unexpectedly flare up and the glass container can crack, posing fire, burn and laceration hazards to consumers.

The firm received five reports of the glass breaking and six reports of high flames. No injuries or property damage were reported.

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