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UPDATED: Fragrance Association Criticizes Silent Spring Institute Report

Posted: March 7, 2012

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 Meanwhile, the American Cleaning Institute has issued the following release:


The American Cleaning Institute (ACI—formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) today expressed disappointment with research which wrongly raises unfounded safety concerns over cleaning products and ignores enhanced efforts to communicate with consumers about product ingredients.

“An enormous amount of research, development and testing takes place before cleaning products hit the shelves,” said Richard Sedlak, ACI executive vice president, Technical & International Affairs. “Detailed safety assessments are conducted by companies throughout the life cycle of a product. In essence, safety is built into the DNA of cleaning product development and manufacturing.”

ACI said that the paper—co-written by the interest group Silent Spring Institute in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives—distorts the established safety of ingredients used in cleaning products by inappropriately equating their detection with health issues.

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