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ACI refutes study linking cleaning products to breast cancer

July 20, 2010
WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) today challenged accusations leveled in a questionable study that attempts to link cleaning products to breast cancer, according to a press release.
A research piece by the Silent Spring Institute published in the journal Environmental Health far overreaches in its conclusions based on self-reported uses of cleaning products by persons diagnosed with breast cancer, according to ACI.
"Simply put, this research is rife with innuendo and speculation about the safety of cleaning products and their ingredients," said Richard Sedlak, ACI''s senior vice president of technical and international affairs.
"This is all based on the most cursory look at the scientific literature and the recollection of breast cancer survivors as to the products they used 15 to 20 years ago," Sedlak noted.
"The safe and responsible manufacture and use of cleaning products is an absolute top priority within our industry," Sedlak added.
"Further, the plausibility of avoiding cleaning products, as put forth by the researchers, in a world where hygiene and cleanliness are the first barriers to disease prevention, is theoretically plausible, but the adverse effect on public health would be real," Sedlack concluded.
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