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10/28/2021

Procter & Gamble has rolled out Febreze Fabric Antimicrobial, a new multi-purpose fabric spray that neutralizes odors, eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and offers protection against mold and mildew growth on soft surfaces. About 25% of respondents to a new survey conducted by Febreze said they've never sanitized soft surfaces such as rugs and sofas.

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10/28/2021

In a new report submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cleaning Institute provides an update on the progress of its Topical Antiseptics Program and establishes key milestones for the next 12 months. "The commitments ACI and our members are making to fill the safety and efficacy data gaps are long term and resource intensive in labor and expenditures to conduct the studies requested by FDA," said ACI Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs Dr. James Kim. Read the complete ACI progress report submitted to FDA.

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10/28/2021

In this interview, William Grayson, global marketing communications director at Diversey, talks about the importance of cleaning procedures and technology to companies within the food and beverage industry. Grayson also touches on resource management, noting "every business also needs to confront their water usage in the context of climate change, resource scarcity and operational sustainability, yet still protect product safety."

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10/28/2021

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to amend a proposed update to its existing Toxic Substance Control Act fees rules sometime in 2022 and finalize the revised proposal by the end of that same year. The revisions will seek to ensure process transparency, equity among players and that collected fees cover up to 25% of the actual cost of TSCA activities, the agency said.

10/27/2021

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning two separate rulemakings to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The rulemakings are expected to involve four types of PFAS.

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10/27/2021

An agreement between Berry Global and LyondellBasell to help Wendy's deploy plastic cups featuring recycled content indicates a larger trend in the food service industry and a huge opportunity to increase the use of recycled plastics, said Berry CEO Tom Salmon. "[Companies] all have specific targets they've communicated and that they're investing capex against, and they're looking to companies like Berry that can help educate them and enable them to meet those sustainability goals and objectives," said Salmon.

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10/27/2021

The American Chemistry Council doesn't support an excise tax on single-use plastics in any legislation, but "would welcome working with Congress to support our 5 Actions for Sustainable Change to meaningfully address plastic waste in the environment, and create a more circular economy for plastics," said the ACC on Tuesday. Congressional support for the Reduce Act appears limited, said Plastics Industry Association CEO Tony Radoszewski in a separate statement.

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10/27/2021

Cefic has unveiled the recipients of the 2021 Responsible Care Awards and recognized BASF, INEOS and Solvay for their work supporting health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Solvay, BASF, Evonik, SABIC, Dow Europe and Covestro also received awards in other categories.

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10/27/2021

The prices of some raw materials are stabilizing, but cost inflation will likely continue into 2022, said Axalta CEO Robert Bryant on Tuesday. "Isocyanates, acrylic emulsions and certain polyester resins have been the most challenging," said Bryant.

10/27/2021

People who were disabled 40 years ago after consuming industrial rapeseed oil that had been fraudulently sold as olive oil staged a protest at Madrid's Prado museum, demanding assistance from the Spanish government. The 1981 incident killed 300 people, but the companies that sold the oil escaped legal consequences.

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