WASHINGTON — Groups representing laundry product and fragrance manufacturers sharply rebutted seriously flawed statements regarding fragrances in laundry products based on a study that fails to meet the basic principles of scientific investigation, according to a press release.
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), International Fragrance Association-North America (IFA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials Inc. (RIFM) reiterated the safety and effectiveness of scented laundry products that are attacked by University of Washington (UW) professor Anne Steinemann in her latest paper, the release stated.
"Consumers should not be swayed by the sensationalist headlines that may come across the Internet related to this so-called research," the groups said.
"Fragranced fabric care products are safe when used as directed. The safe and responsible manufacture and use of cleaning products is an absolute top priority within our industry," the groups added.
According to the release, the manufacturer groups expressed disappointment that the paper''s authors exploited their findings of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emanating from dryer vents based on a dataset of such limited size and plagued by the confounding effects of their study design.
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