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Commissioner Buerkle Speaks to the American Cleaning Institute

June 25, 2014

I was very pleased to speak at the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) Mid-Year Meeting in Washington, DC. It was a good opportunity to introduce myself to ACI’s members as well as to inform them of some of the important issues the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been considering.  

The American Cleaning Institute represents producers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients and finished packaging as well as oleochemical producers and chemical distributors to the cleaning product industry. I applaud ACI for their commitment to product safety. I especially commend their willingness to be pro-active in educating consumers on the potential hazards of single-load liquid laundry packets to children through their KEY Pledge Laundry Safety Campaign.

In addition to sharing my priorities as well as my thoughts on issues relevant to CPSC, I acknowledged that CPSC is only one of many entities that regulate ACI’s members. Many of their members also deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as well as numerous state and international regulatory bodies. This can often be overwhelming. I encouraged ACI to work with CPSC to navigate the regulatory waters so that at the very least we can help to ensure they are complying with the regulations under our jurisdiction.

I thank ACI for the opportunity to address their members and I look forward to continuing to build relationships with all stakeholders in the consumer safety community.

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