Recent outbreaks in South America and elsewhere of mosquito-borne viral illnesses – and their possible effects on unborn children have raised the need for insect repellents to protect against mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus. After receiving a request by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the CDC Foundation, CSPA coordinated with member companies that manufacture and formulate insect repellents to donate product for people in the affected areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
CSPA executives say that member companies: 3M, CRC Industries, MGK, SC Johnson, RB and United Industries are providing insect repellent, and MGK is contributing mosquito bed nets. And, per the CDC’s interest in particular products, CSPA reached outside its membership to Summit Chemical Company to seek donations of their MosquitoDunks®. Summit is working with CSPA to donate the requested product. (If your company also wishes to donate product, please contact Phil Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Law (email@example.com) at CSPA).
In addition, CSPA senior staff have been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide guidance and a path forward using the FIFRA fast-track amendment process at EPA for companies that want to make a label claim and have the data to support the claim. For more information on Zika, and EPA safety guidance, click here.