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Consumer Specialty Products Association Responds to European Study Investigating Spray Products and Asthma

Saturday, October 13, 2007 General News J E 4
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"CSPA has not had an opportunity for a detailed review of theepidemiological study authored by Jan-Paul Zock. However, while we cannot makeany definitive comment on this specific study, we can say that suchlongitudinal studies usually draw conclusions based on a correlation ofvarious data. This process does not necessarily demonstrate a true cause-and-effect relationship. Nevertheless, we are taking the study seriously and willbe looking to see if there are concerns related to our products.

"It should also be noted that cleaning products are designed to reducecontaminants associated with asthma and do not include ingredients known to beallergens. Product manufacturers carefully choose ingredients and evaluateproducts for health and safety to assure that the products are safe andeffective. Ingredients are carefully evaluated to ensure that exposure leConsumer Specialty Products Association vels from product use and potentialmisuse are below the level that would pose significant health risk.

"By its very nature, the cleaning process brings people into contact withallergens that are known asthma causes and triggers, i.e., the biologicalcontaminants (mold, insect parts and excrement, animal dander, etc.). Higherexposure to these contaminants could result in higher-than-normal occurrencesof asthma. The definitive report on asthma by the National Academy ofSciences' Institute of Medicine a few years ago identifies these bioallergensas known asthma risks."

The Consumer Specialty Products Association is a non-profit national tradeassociation representing approximately 260 companies engaged in themanufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of hundreds of familiarconsumer products. It is organized into seven divisions: Aerosol Products, AirCare, Antimicrobial Products, Cleaning Products, Pest Management Products,Industrial and Automotive Specialty Chemicals, and Polishes and FloorMaintenance.Washington, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Statement by Chris Cathcart, President, CSPA

SOURCE Consumer Specialty Products Association
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