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5/18/2017

Seventy-five percent of shoppers are interested in multiuse household cleaning products, 57% look for environmentally friendly options and just 23% of all household care purchases are made on impulse, according to BrandSpark International. The report also said consumers are increasingly interested in private-label brands.

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5/18/2017

AkzoNobel has entered into a global communications deal with MSLGroup after conducting a major review designed to slim down the number of agencies it works with. The company, meanwhile, recently rejected its third takeover offer from PPG Industries.

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PRWeek
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5/18/2017

Oleo-furan sulfonate surfactants "harness their inherent function for improved detergency, solubility, and exceptional stability in hard water conditions," write Kristeen Esther Joseph and Christoph Krumm. They note that OFS surfactants can be used in personal care, laundry and cleaning product applications.

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Inform magazine
5/18/2017

The Trump administration's regulatory reform efforts should include improving the Environmental Protection Agency's transparency and overhauling the process for obtaining air and ozone permits, according to comments submitted by the American Chemistry Council.

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Reuters
5/18/2017

West Virginia's US senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, have written to the Trump administration urging consideration of a natural gas liquids storage and distribution site. Today, the senators, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley are scheduled to discuss the idea and its potential economic benefits.

5/18/2017

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced several bills Wednesday, including the Midnight Rules Relief Act, Regulatory Accountability Act and Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS, Act.

5/18/2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has regulated about 50% of new chemicals since Toxic Substances Control Act reform was passed last year, up from about 10% before, a former agency official said. The EPA's backlog as of May 9 is down to 181 proposals.

5/17/2017

The public health lobby group Action on Sugar is asking the UK to tax chocolate and other sweets as it does soft drinks. The Food and Drink Federation is opposed to the measure, saying companies like Mars and Nestle are already reformulating products to reduce portion sizes and sugar content.

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FoodNavigator
5/17/2017

As part of a bipartisan budget deal, the US Food and Drug Administration must spend $3 million to educate the public on "the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts" of genetically modified crops. The effort, to be developed with the Department of Agriculture, will involve creating and distributing "science-based educational information."

5/17/2017

Milk, yogurt and cheese do not increase the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke, and limiting consumption can actually cause harm, especially in pregnant women, a meta-analysis of 29 studies has found. "There's been a lot of publicity over the last five to 10 years about how saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and a belief has grown up that they must increase the risk, but they don't," said researcher Ian Givens.

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