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It is obvious that the solutions to modern odor control problems will in the future be developed in light of a more thorough undestanding of the chemical nature of odors and that the accent on development of control technology will rest firmly on this foundation. The development of practical solutions will result not from the hardware engineer but as a result of the odor chemist developing ingenious solutions which will be supported by hardware designs fashioned to make the best use of this new technology.
We are publishing the proceedings of this symposium which includes the presentations of Drs. Vodoz and Bauman, and Mr. Grisanti's keynote address and subsequent discussions.
Our research effort continues with other fluorocarbon compounds, which may offer better end use performance and economic characteristics than those provided by FC-22 and FC142b. The goal is to find propellants that present the greatest consumer advantages should circumstances dictate the replacement of the propellants presently used.
We should all realize that the new Toxic Substances Control Act, which Congress is about to pass, will increase considerably the cost of developing new aroma chemicals. The new law may reduce the number of such chemicals drastically. Closer cooperation between the fragrance and the aroma chemical industries will now be even more important in order to maintain a healthy level of innovation in areas of mutual interest.
Early in 1975, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the Treasury Department proposed regulations regarding the labeling of Wines and Distilled Spirits. These proposals followed m earlier set of regulations concerning Beer and Malt Beverages, with a hearing on this scheduled for February, 1975. Because of the inter-relationships among these classes of taxed beverages, the Beer/Malt Beverage hearings were rescheduled to be in close proximity to the others, and all finally took place during April, 1975.
The African continent has become one of the most important poduction areas for a number of key fragrance and flavor materials. If we consider the vast resources of labor, the many types of climate, and the low investment for essential oil production, it seems certain that other African countries besides those mentioned, might join the ranks of producers for this industry.
When one considers the long history of the use of fragrances, their broad distribution, and the extent of exposure to them, one is impressed with the very few examples of injury to humans that can be attributed to these materials, The only problems reported have been occasional rashes on the skin, and even more specificalIy, light-induced rashes. And yet there is a persistent myth in the cosmetic industry that any problem encountered in the safety testing of a new cosmetic must be attributable to the fragrance component. Only systematic screening of all of the materials used in fragrances by an independent scientic body, and systematic and voluntary conscientious response by the industry to eliminate ingredients shown to cause harm can dispel this myth.
Firmenich sponsored and organized a symposium in Norway highlighting the latest science and research around the health benefits of marine products and peptides.
The factors relating changes in human physiology to human preference are admittedly complex and still not well understood. However, with our present tools it is possible not only to begin to understand the complex interrelationships between olfactory and gonadal function but also to harness these relationships in order to create a more harmonious blend of esthetics and physiology by which the quality and odor of life may be enhanced for us all.
This discussion of the design and creation of successful major fragrances will deal with tbe subject from the standpoint of fragrance planning and evaluation by a major marketer. I see this as a creative process, not as a science, but as an art--an artistic process which should have as its end not only a work of beauty, but a fine product which will make a major contribution to the profit picture of its marketer.