October 1, 2007

Industry group launches initiative to lower phosphorus content in dishwasher detergent

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) has launched 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% by weight, effective July 2010. The current phosphorus content in these products ranges between 3.7% and 8.7%. "Our member companies produce 86% of all household automatic dishwashing detergent sold in Canada," said CCSPA president Shannon Coombs, adding, "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." A number of U.S. states are in the process of setting new, lower regulatory limits for phosphorus in dishwasher detergents, and the CCSPA is urging 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," Coombs noted. Canada already regulates the phosphorus content in laundry detergent.

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