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1/18/2018

The American Cleaning Institute has created a safety poster that makes clear that liquid laundry packets are intended only for their designated use and not for human consumption.

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1/18/2018

There is a false perception that safeguarding the environment means rejecting industry, argues Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Now that serves political ends, but it doesn't serve the environment, because I will tell you this: To achieve what we want to achieve in environmental protection, environmental stewardship, we need the partnership of industry," Pruitt said.

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1/18/2018

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill would reduce or eliminate tariffs on nearly 1,700 products, including imported chemicals used by chemical companies. The House has passed the bill.

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1/18/2018

PPG Industries posted a $184 million profit in the fourth quarter on $3.68 billion in revenue. Profit was down, but revenue increased by 7.8%.

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1/18/2018

Solvay is partnering with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop a model for a circular economy in the EU, while BASF executive Klaus Ries called for EU regulatory support for plastics recycling programs and "the acceptance of energy recovery when a chemical or technical recycling is technically or economically not viable."

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ICIS News (U.K.)
1/17/2018

The European Food Safety Authority has increased its tolerable daily intake recommendations for the refined vegetable oil and fats contaminant 3-monochloropropanediol and its fatty acid esters from 0.8 micrograms to 2 micrograms per kilogram of body weight after updating its scientific method. EFSA scientists say the new intake limit is "protective" for male fertility and renal health.

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FoodNavigator
1/17/2018

Under new regulations that took effect Jan. 1, the USDA has been notifying China when a soybean shipment has more than 1% foreign material. To comply with China's phytosanitary import requirements, the USDA must place this additional declaration on the phytosanitary certificate.

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1/17/2018

Supplementing multivitamins with omega-3s may help improve the "glycemic status" of individuals at high risk of developing diabetes, a new study has found. "The combination … was associated with a reduced risk of progressing from normoglycemia to prediabetes and an increased likelihood of a prediabetic participant improving to normoglycemia, changes that were sustained at two years after program entry," the researchers wrote.

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NutraIngredients
1/17/2018

Sales of laundry detergent liquids rose 0.38% in the year ended Nov. 5, while powder sales fell almost 12%, but sales of packs, pods and similar products rose 9.9% to reach nearly $1.3 billion, according to IRI Worldwide. Most consumers prefer detergent with a fragrance and increasingly expect manufacturers to publicize their ingredients.

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1/17/2018

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill passed the House unanimously on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate. The bill would end duties on certain raw-materials imports, restoring relief that expired in 2012.

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