• The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) recently debuted the 5th Edition Cleaning Products Compendium. The report, which features 11 individual test methods created through scientific collaboration and interlaboratory testing, gives formulators seeking to develop cleaning products and/or test product efficacy a reference tool for standardized processes recognized by the household products industry, according to CSPA. The Compendium supports an ongoing effort to provide consistent and industry supported scientific test methods used in developing consumer cleaning products.
For the 5th edition, eight of the 11 available test methods have been updated and can be obtained as a complete group, or individually. Six of the Compendium’s updated test methods are currently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) program as an acceptable standard for the development of safer cleaning products.
“As new cleaning products emerge, the Compendium will continue to serve as a key resource offering consistent testing methodologies and an up-to-date compilation of peer reviewed research,” said Timothy A. Brown, CSPA regulatory counsel and cleaning products division staff executive.
In addition to the available test methods, the complete Compendium also contains informative white papers, a comprehensive listing of North American independent contract laboratories, as well as other related resources.
The Compendium is evaluated and updated every five years, or sometimes sooner depending on need. Work on the Compendium is conducted by members of CSPA’s Cleaning Products Division in conjunction with the Scientific Affairs Committee. Test methods are selected for inclusion in the Compendium pending a committee approval.
More info: www.cspa.org
New PwC Study Projects 12% GrowthFor Personal Care Industry in China
• The Personal Care Products Council released a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the economic and social impacts of the personal care products industry in China. The study found the industry makes important contributions in the areas of research and development, employment of women, environmental sustainability, charitable contribution, and international trade.
Based on 2008 data, the study found that the industry was directly or indirectly responsible for the employment of more than 2.5 million Chinese workers, accounting for 53 billion RMB ($8.4 billion) in labor income and contributing 164 billion RMB ($26 billion) to the gross domestic product (GDP). PwC has projected an annual growth rate of 12% for the industry through 2020.
Lezlee Westine, president and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), was in Beijing to share the study. “China is an essential marketplace for the global cosmetics industry,” Westine said.
“Chinese families use products every day in their beauty and grooming routines, and demand the highest quality. The manufacture and distribution of personal care products is an increasingly important sector of the Chinese economy, and the industry offers new opportunities for women, who represent 80% of the industry’s workforce.”
More info: www.Cosmeticsinfo.org
Another Candle Recall At Christmas Tree Shops
• The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nantucket Distributing Co., Inc. and Christmas Tree Shops, announced a voluntary recall of approximately 6,200 Farm Glass & Metal Spiral Tea Light Holders. Due to the design of the product, the tea lights can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Christmas Tree Shops has received one report of a tea light burning with a high flame that resulted in a burn to a consumer’s hand.
This recall involves a decorative spiral tea light holder made from painted glass with a red, orange, and green floral design. The glass has a metal insert for holding tea lights. The metal insert is spiral shaped with places for three tea lights. The metal insert is placed within the glass container. SKU/UPC number 000015931955 is found on a label on the bottom of the glass. The products were sold at Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest from July 2011 through March 2012 for about $5, and were manufactured in China.
The company also recalled holiday-themed tea light candle warmers and hurricane style lights in February 2012.
More info: www.christmastreeshops.com
Zhang Wins CSPA Scholarship
• In a continuation of its commitment to assist high school scholars reach their academic pursuits, the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) selected student Yuning Zhang from Guilford, Conn., as the 24th recipient of the Murray Glauberman Memorial Scholarship Award. Since the scholarship program began in 1988, CSPA has awarded a total of $192,000 to be used toward the pursuit of a college degree and selected 24 students nationwide to receive the honor.
More info: www.cspa.org