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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.

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"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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Date:Sep 1, 2008
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