CSPA Reminds Consumers That Household Products Are Safe

WASHINGTON, DC – The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) reminds consumers that household cleaning products remain safe when used according to label directions. The “Healthy Cleaning Guide” that was recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) contains reviews and assigns grades that reflect incorrect and incomplete information. Unfortunately, EWG is misleading consumers about cleaning products that are used safely by millions of consumers every day.

“Consumers should remain confident that the products they rely on every day can be used to improve their lives and manage their environment efficiently and effectively,” said Chris Cathcart, CSPA President and CEO. “Our industry takes the responsibility of product safety and performance very seriously.”

The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) enforces specific guidelines to determine potential risks regarding the formulation and packaging of consumer products, which are administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through the FHSA regulations, the point of purchase label informs consumers about the potential hazards, product ingredients contributing to those hazards, appropriate handling and storage, applicable first aid information, and how to minimize risks to children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates antimicrobials through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

The EWG guide ignores the standards for products recognized by the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) program. Companies decide for a variety of reasons to seek recognition under the DfE program, other third-party certification, or no certification. The products that are awarded the DfE logo, after undergoing robust screenings, are then audited annually.

In addition, CSPA member companies developed, along with other industry partners, the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative for four consumer product categories- air care products, automotive care products, cleaning products, and polishes and floor maintenance products. Through this initiative member companies voluntarily participate to increase the sharing and disclosure of information so that consumers are aware of ingredients in products they use in and around their homes.

Further, CSPA’s Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary, which provides detailed information about the ingredients used in consumer products, is an important part of the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication initiative, because it enables companies to disclose information about ingredients in their products without compromising their proprietary and confidential business information.

“CSPA is committed to creating and maintaining this delicate balance between transparency of information and confidential business information in a way that addresses consumer concerns about product safety, increases public access to information, and allows companies to innovate and protect proprietary business information,” Cathcart said.

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