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The American Cleaning Institute (ACI; Washington, DC) launched a detailed online inventory of ingredients used in consumer cleaning products as part of ACI’s Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative, which will provide information for regulators, researchers, and industry formulators and suppliers.
According to ACI, "Of note is the limited appearance of fragrance ingredients on the ACI Ingredient Inventory. A comprehensive list of fragrance ingredients used in a wide variety of products including cleaning products may be found in a similar inventory compiled by the International Fragrance Association."
The inventory features a list of more than 900 chemical ingredients along with their Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) numbers used by ACI members in manufacturing consumer cleaning products including laundry care products, dish care products and hard surface cleaners.
“The Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative is one of ACI’s many efforts to promote the responsible management of our members’ products and the safety of the ingredients in them,” said Paul DeLeo, ACI Senior Director, Environmental Safety.
In 2010, ACI and industry supporters launched the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative. Under this program, companies are voluntarily sharing with consumers information about the ingredients in their products such as air care products, automotive care products, cleaning products, and polishes and floor maintenance products. (Read more about ACI's stance on chemical safety legislation).
Looking forward, DeLeo said the group plans to identify publicly available hazard data sets for each chemical ingredient used in its members’ formulated consumer cleaning products and will conduct an exposure assessment consistent with the use of the ingredients as well as a screening-level risk assessment demonstrating the safe use of those ingredients.
ACI expects to complete its next step, identification of publicly available hazard data, in 2013.
Read more about this subject in the next issue of P&F magazine.