Industry to significantly lower phosphorus content of automatic dishwasher detergent in Canada

    OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products
Association (CCSPA) said today its member companies have begun an industry-led
initiative to limit the phosphorus content of household automatic dishwasher
detergent manufactured for sale in Canada to a maximum of 0.5 per cent by
weight, effective July 2010. The phosphorus content in these products is
currently between 3.7 per cent and 8.7 per cent.
    "Our member companies produce 86 per cent of all household automatic
dishwashing detergent sold in Canada. We are committed to finding replacements
which are as effective and have sound environmental profiles," said Shannon
Coombs, CCSPA President. "An implementation date of July 2010 will provide us
with the time to conduct the required research to develop new formulations for
these beneficial products."
    "Regulatory and legislative changes with these same goals are currently
underway in several U.S. states. This Canadian initiative will provide an
integrated and harmonized North American market, which is critical to ensure
consumers have continued access to quality brands and products, and that our
industry remains competitive globally," she said.
    Ms. Coombs said CCSPA looks forward to working with the Government of
Canada on this initiative, which it believes is in line with the objectives of
the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership. "We urge the federal
government to amend the federal Phosphorus Concentration Regulations under the
Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) to reflect this reduction. This
request would be consistent with the governments of Manitoba and Quebec, which
have also asked for federal leadership on this important issue."
    Ms. Coombs noted that reducing the amount of phosphorus content in
automatic dishwasher detergent will not solve the "blue-green algae" problem
present in some Canadian waterways because automatic dishwasher detergent
accounts for only one per cent of all contributions.
    Canada already regulates the phosphorus content in laundry detergent.

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Coombs, CCSPA President, (613) 232-6616
ext. 18,

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