• Media reports and analysis of a new research paper are distorting the real world safety and everyday use of the antibacterial ingredient triclosan based on faulty comparisons to overdosed test subjects, according to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI).
ACI expressed disappointment in the researchers’ publicity campaign, which called for unnecessary restrictions on the oft-tested ingredient. ACI contends the campaign crosses the line into straight advocacy based on questionable conclusions in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Antibacterial products containing the germ-killing ingredient triclosan remain safe and effective for everyday use,” said Richard Sedlak, ACI executive vice president, technical and international affairs.
“Triclosan is one of the most thoroughly studied and researched ingredients over the past 40 years. Extensive regulatory and scientific reviews of triclosan by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other regulatory bodies around the world, have found the uses of triclosan to be safe.”
For example, a 2011 review by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety found that the “use of triclosan at a maximum concentration of 0.3% in toothpastes, hand soaps, body soaps/shower gels and deodorant sticks is considered safe.”
More info: www.fightgermsnow.comand www.cleaninginstitute.org/antibacterials
Is There a Connection Between Phthalates and Diabetes?
• A recent study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found no causal link between the use of phthalates in personal care products and diabetes, according to Linda Loretz, PhD, director, safety and regulatory toxicology for the Personal Care Products Council in response to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Study on Phthalates and Diabetes.
The study examined a possible association between diabetes and levels of certain phthalates in women.
“Diethyl phthalate, also known as DEP, is the only phthalate with significant use in cosmetics. The BWH study found no association between DEP and diabetes in any of the four models used by the study’s authors.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated biomonitoring and toxicity data and concluded, “…FDA does not have compelling evidence that phthalates, as used in cosmetics, pose a safety risk.”
Moreover, DEP has been reviewed by other scientific authorities, including the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel in the US and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) in the EU, and found to be safe for use in cosmetics.
DEP is allowed for use throughout the world, added Loretz in her statement.
More info: www.cosmeticsinfo.org
SOCMA Launches Biotechnology Group
• The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) recently launched the Society for the Commercial Development of Industry Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO), a new affiliate groupthat aims to advance the commercialization of industrial biotechnology, which is the application of biology for the production and processing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, materials and energy.
“With industrial biotechnology rapidly emerging as a key technology for economic growth on a global scale, SCD-iBIO will help member companies achieve their common objective of creating a sustainable chemical industry,” said SOCMA president and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. “We welcome them into our family of affiliate groups and look forward to helping them achieve their goals.”
Sloan added that the formation of the group also supports SOCMA’s organizational goal to expand its representation across more sectors of the chemical space.
“We feel that industrial biotechnology is at an inflection point, and the practice of commercial development would accelerate the penetration of the field,” noted Larry Drumm, executive director of SCD-iBIO.
More info: www.socma.com
|CSPA To Host 2012 Annual Meeting Dec. 2-6 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
• Join the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) and connect with hundreds of colleagues and industry peers at the 2012 CSPA Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Dec. 2-6, 2012 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
This year’s annual meeting theme, “Connecting People, Building Business,” focuses on the B2B and networking opportunities available during our time in Florida. In addition to the valuable information you can gain at the meetings and sessions, the CSPA Annual Meeting is an opportune time to get in front of new business prospects, key decision makers and other influencers.