Industry welcomes Quebec regulation to lower phosphorus content of automatic dishwasher detergent

    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products
Association (CCSPA) said today it is pleased the government of Quebec has
announced the introduction of a regulation to limit the phosphorus content of
household automatic dishwasher detergent manufactured and sold in the province
to a maximum of 0.5 per cent by weight, effective July 2010.
    CCSPA's member companies initiated an industry-led program in September
to limit the phosphorus content of household automatic dishwasher detergent,
with the same goals being proposed by the Quebec regulation and legislation
announced by the province of Manitoba in November.
    "We want to create a level playing field across Canada for both consumers
and our industry," said Shannon Coombs, CCSPA President. "To achieve this, we
would welcome working with the Government of Canada to amend the federal
Phosphorus Concentration Regulations under the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act (CEPA) to reflect the Quebec and Manitoba initiatives on a
national basis."
    "Our member companies produce 86 per cent of all household automatic
dishwashing detergent sold in Canada," she said. "We are committed to finding
replacements that are as effective and have sound environmental profiles. A
July 2010 implementation date will provide us with the time to conduct the
required research to develop new formulations for these beneficial products."
    In addition to the provinces of Quebec and Manitoba, similar regulatory
and legislative changes are underway in several U.S. states. "An integrated
and harmonized North American market is critical to ensure consumers have
continued 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
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. "Hopefully, this will set
the stage to bring forward solutions regarding the main sources of phosphorus
contributions, including human sewage waste and agricultural run-off."
    Canada already regulates the phosphorus content of laundry detergent.

    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 47 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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