All detergents, including Tide, Sunbeam and Procter & Gamble, have to be cleaner than water to prevent outbreaks of botulism, a potentially deadly illness that can cause paralysis and death.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking businesses to consider using safer products that don’t contain the potentially harmful ingredients, according to a document released Thursday.
“Cleaner” means more safe, less toxic, and more eco-friendly than the current products.
In addition, the document outlines how companies can choose to use these chemicals safely, including reducing the likelihood of contamination.
Companies can’t just keep using existing detergences like Tide or Sunbeam that don,t require any further testing or cleaning.
Companies also have to choose a cleaner detergent to meet all federal safety standards.
But the CDC’s new guidance includes new guidance on how companies should go about testing for botulist ingredients.
It states that manufacturers should not simply remove the ingredients but should test their products and label their ingredients to show what is used.
Companies should also make sure they are compliant with all federal guidelines for the safe use of chemicals.
“The most important thing is that we’re getting these chemicals out in a way that protects children, their health and the environment,” CDC Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a press conference.
This week, a coalition of environmental and consumer groups launched a campaign called “Stop the Tide,” calling for more stringent testing for new detergent products.
The coalition also has pledged to increase pressure on companies to remove botulists.
A few months ago, the FDA issued a draft guidance that could have helped businesses make better choices on what to use and when.
But this week, the CDC updated the draft guidance to clarify that the guidelines don’t apply to new detergent products.
“If a consumer buys a product that is not labeled, we know that that product has a botulite ingredient, because we’ve seen it in some detergients that have been in the market for a long time,” Fauccia said.
The CDC has also issued a new guidance that encourages companies to make a list of the botulizing agents they use and the ingredients they use.
The agency recommends that companies test their detergiments for all of these ingredients, as well as for botulinum toxin, which is used in the production of Botox.
The new guidelines also say that companies should make sure their products are labeled, and that they also use labels that list ingredients that don