A group of industry stakeholders working in conjunction with an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) consumer products committee approved a new voluntary safety standard that will provide labelling and packaging guidelines for liquid laundry detergent manufacturers sold in the U.S. The standard, formally approved by ASTM’s Subcommittee on Liquid Laundry Packets (F15.71), will be available to the public next week. It was created to help reduce the number of incidents of unintentional ingestion by children.
“It is great that so many diverse stakeholders came together to promote safety and awareness with a viable standard which will hopefully help reduce and prevent further exposures from occurring,” said Tim Brown, CSPA Regulatory Counsel and Staff Executive of the association’s Cleaning Products Division.
The labeling and packaging guidelines found in the new standard will include requirements such as the use of opaque packaging in order to mask the visibility of the individual packets. In addition, manufacturers will have various options for compliance, such as performance and skill dexterity requirements which will make packets harder for children to open. Labeling language, icons and warning statements will be prominently displayed on the outer panel to remind consumers to follow labeling instructions.
CSPA will continue to work with the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) to promote safety in the home, and remind consumers and parents to keep laundry packets out-of-reach for children, and to follow label directions. For more information, please visit: www.cspa.org and www.consumered.org.