Industry welcomes federal initiative to regulate lower phosphorus content of household products in Canada

    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products
Association (CCSPA) said it is pleased the federal government today officially
proposed regulations for the phosphorus content of household products such as
laundry detergent, dishwashing compounds, and general purpose cleaners
manufactured for sale in Canada, to a maximum of 0.5 per cent phosphorus by
weight, effective July 1, 2010.
    CCSPA's member companies initiated an industry-led program in September
2007 to significantly reduce the phosphorus content of household automatic
dishwasher detergent to a maximum of 0.5 per cent by weight. The Governments
of Manitoba and Quebec also announced late last year their intent to create
similar provincial phosphorus level limits.
    "We believe this national regulation will create a level playing field
across Canada for consumers and our industry," said Shannon Coombs, CCSPA
President, "and we welcome the proactive initiative of this government."
    "Our member companies produce 86 per cent of all laundry detergents,
dishwashing compounds, and general purpose cleaners sold in Canada," she said.
"We are committed to finding replacements that are as effective and have sound
environmental profiles. A 2010 implementation date will provide us with the
time to conduct the required research to develop new formulations for these
beneficial products."
    Similar regulatory and legislative changes are underway in several U.S.
states for household automatic dishwasher detergent. "An integrated and
harmonized North American market is critical to ensure consumers continue to
have access to quality brands and products and that our industry remains
competitive globally," Ms. Coombs said.
    Ms. Coombs also noted that reducing the amount of phosphorus content in
household products 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. "CCSPA is hopeful that future
regulations set the stage to bring forward solutions regarding the main
sources of phosphorus contributions, including human sewage waste and
agricultural run-off."

    CCSPA is a national trade association representing Canada's consumer,
industrial and institutional specialty products industry. Its mission is to
enhance the ability of its 46 member companies to conduct business fairly,
ethically and effectively by fostering industry cooperation, providing a
national voice for communications and developing effective partnerships with
governments, other stakeholders and the public.

For further information:

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

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