May 14, 2009

AOCS wrap-up Day 3

The green blogger focused mostly on regulatory issues in the cleaning industry during the last day of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) centennial meeting in Orlando, Florida, even though her doppelganger (who was lounging in the hotel pool) was ordered to attend either the biobased surfactants session; green processing for industrial veggie oil-based chemicals; or the session for new glycerine uses.

The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) presented two topics, one on phosphate regulations for automatic dishwashing detergents (ADDs), and the other covering the growing consumer demand for ingredient disclosures in consumer cleaning products.

The SDA's general counsel, Michelle Radecki, pointed out that the cleaning industry is facing a lot of pressures towards disclosing ingredients in their products especially with the Green Chemistry legislation recently enacted in California.

The SDA, along with the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) and its Canadian counterpart, the CCSPA, formed a voluntary consumer product ingredient communication initiative, where members will disclosed all their chemical ingredients (with the exception of fragrances, preservatives and dyes) in their air care, automotive, cleaning and polishes and floor maintenance products, starting January 1, 2010.

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