Centers for Disease Control Acknowledges Consumer Products Companies for Contributions to Zika Relief Effort

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During last week’s Zika Action Plan Summit hosted by the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, officials from the CDC and CDC
Foundation acknowledged several private sector organizations for
donating and providing logistical aid to the Zika relief effort.

At a town hall session on solutions through public-private sector
collaborations, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, CDC, acknowledged
several organizations, including the Consumer Specialty Products
Association (CSPA) for its help in facilitating donations from consumer
products companies for “Zika Prevention Kits,” that are being
distributed to pregnant women in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico,
the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. He presented the association
with an engraved award from the CDC Foundation. Consumer companies that
donated to the effort and were also recognized by the CDC Director
included: 3M, Church & Dwight, CRC Industries, RB, SC Johnson, Summit
Chemical Company, and United Industries Corporation (Spectrum Brands).

The goal of the Zika Action Plan Summit was to accelerate the nation’s
preparedness and ability to respond to the Zika Virus outbreak, which
the CDC has designated a “public health emergency.” Representatives
attended from the White House and state and local governments.

“We would like to commend summit organizers, Tom Frieden and Amy Pope
(Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
National Security Council Staff of the White House) for their leadership
on this important public health issue, along with their public health
partners, and all the private companies that have participated in Zika
relief,” said Phil Klein, Executive Vice President, Legislative & Public
Affairs, CSPA. “This effort, in response to a widespread public health
threat, is an excellent example of what can be achieved when public and
private organizations collaborate for the greater good.”

According to the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one
of the best ways to protect against contracting the Zika virus is to use
EPA-registered mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredient
DEET (chemical name N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) to ward off
potentially-infected Aedes mosquitoes.

The DEET Task Force, which is managed by the Research & Regulatory
Management Council, an affiliated program of CSPA, has published
information regarding the proper use of DEET products on its website, DEETonline.org.

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade
association representing the interests of companies engaged in the
manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100
billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help
household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier
environments. CSPA member companies employ hundreds of thousands of
people globally. Products CSPA represents include disinfectants
that kill germs in homes, hospitals and restaurants
; air
fresheners, room deodorizers, and candles
that eliminate odors; pest
management products
for home, lawn and garden, and pets; cleaning
products
and polishes
for use throughout the home and institutions; products used to protect
and improve the performance and appearance
of automobiles
; aerosol
products
and a host of other products used every day. Through its
product stewardship program — Product Care® — and the association’s
retail engagement on chemicals management, transparency and compliance
issues, CSPA provides its members a platform for addressing product
safety and sustainability.

Contacts

Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA)
Anthony Viardo
Marketing
& Information Director
(202) 833-7315 (ofc) | (202) 258-8287
aviardo@cspa.org