Press Release: September 2009
FMC Corporation announced that effective immediately, or as contracts permit, it will increase its list and off-list prices on ammonium persulfate products by 3 cents per pound, and sodium and potassium persulfate products by 6 cents per pound.
“This increase is necessary to allow continued investment in plant operations and to maintain the high level of production and supply reliability that customers expect from FMC,” said Sanjay Gandhi, persulfates business manager, FMC Peroxygens Division.
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.


Personal Care: August 2009
A New Jersey class action lawsuit against manufacturers of children’s bath and personal care products is the latest in a series of headaches for manufacturers of personal care products. The recently filed suit is against manufacturers of products that contain 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde and targets products including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Helene Curtis’s Suave Kids 2-in-1, and Gerber’s Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash, attorneys say.
The defendants “manufactured, distributed, marketed, tested and/or sold children’s bath and personal car products containing formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, which are known toxic and carcinogenic agents linked to cancer and skin allergies,” the suit says. Law firm Keller & Rohrback (Seattle) filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Newark) on behalf of consumers and is seeking plaintiffs to add to the class action, attorneys say.
The recent scrutiny of 1,4 dioxane follows a study by the consumer advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC; San Francisco) that tested products marketed for use by children. The results showed that 61% of the 48 products tested contained both 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde.
Industry groups says the study has needlessly alarmed consumers. The presence of 1,4 dioxane in care products first came to FDA’s attention in the 1970s, and manufacturers now vacuum strip all but very low levels of 1,4 dioxane from their products, says John Bailey, chief scientist at the Personal Care Products Council (Washington). “When I first saw the [CSC] report, I was struck by how low the levels were,” says Bailey, who previously worked at FDA and is familiar with FDA’s early assessments of dioxane. “This is an issue that’s been known and controlled for many years, but these reports come out that alarm consumers and misuse science,” Bailey says.
Legislation aimed at stepping up FDA oversight of care products is also unnecessary, Bailey says. Earlier this year, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., NY) introduced legislation that would require FDA to test “the full range” of cosmetics and personal care products intended for children under the age of seven, or likely to contain impurities including 1,4 dioxane, 1,3 butadiene, ethylene oxide and formaldehyde.
“It’s unfortunate that they would have to divert resources for something like this when there are major food and drug issues that are of much greater concern,” Bailey says.


Coatings World: September 2009
Troy Corp. has received Canadian approval for the wet state preservative Mergal BIT20 containing the active 1,2-Benzisothiazolin-3-one (BIT). The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) in Canada has determined that Mergal BIT20 is eligible for full registration pursuant to the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) as an industrial preservative. Mergal BIT20 is a highly effective, broad-spectrum preservative developed to protect water-based products from the growth of detrimental microorganisms, according to the company. The products have been approved in Canada for use to protect latex emulsions, metalworking fluids, aqueous-based paints and aqueous mineral slurries. Mergal BIT 20 inhibits microbial growth, which reduces spoilage to extend the product’s service life.


Nanoworld: September 2009
The number of consumer products enabled by nanotechnology globally has topped 1,000, and the increasing use of nanotechnology in products will create challenges for regulatory agencies, says the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN; Washington), a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Philadelphia). PEN began the inventory in March of 2006 with 212 products. "If the introduction of new products continues at the present rate, the number of products listed in the inventory will reach close to 1,600 within the next two years," says PEN director David Rejeski. "This will provide significant oversight challenges for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission, which often lack any mechanisms to identify nanotech products before they enter the market place.
In 2007, the global market for goods incorporating nanotechnology was $147 billion, PEN says. Sixty percent of the products are for health and fitness. Nanoscale silver which has antimicrobial properties, accounts for 26%.


Chemical Week: September 2009
“Microban is committed to continually looking for new and better ways to deliver safe, durable and effective antimicrobial solutions for our partners” said Dr. Wayne Swofford, VP of Research and Development. The launch of the new line of 3G silver technologies adds to the company’s growing portfolio of antimicrobial solutions and opens the possibilities for the use of silver in a broader range of product applications.
Silver, known for its natural antimicrobial properties, has long been part of the Microban portfolio of antimicrobial technologies. In fact, Microban partners currently utilize silver in a breadth of filtration, powder coating and medical applications. However, in the past the use of silver has been restricted due its limited viability in polymer applications.
“The new 3G silvers outperform previously available silver technologies, delivering more robust antibacterial performance at lower addition levels. Also, this new technology doesn’t effect the transparency of many clear polymers such as, crystal polystyrene, acrylics and polypropylene, which was previously a road block to the use of silver in many of these applications,” says Dr. Ivan Ong, Director of Materials Engineering.
The new Microban 3G silver solutions are now available for a wide variety of polymer types, as well as in custom-formulated carriers. The new masterbatches are suitable for both extrusion and injection molding and are pending approval for food and water contact applications.