ACI releases labeling and packaging guidelines for detergent packets

By Rick Lingle in Household Products on March 17, 2014

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI - has released a voluntary guidance document for the labeling and packaging of liquid laundry detergent packets to help reduce the number of children exposed to these products, which are now used by millions of consumers.

The key goal of the document is to provide guidance on best practices for the household laundry products industry in the labeling, packaging and design of liquid laundry packets.

"These recommendations are a part of ACI's ongoing efforts to help reduce the number of accidental child exposures to the contents of highly concentrated liquid laundry detergent packets," said Nancy Bock, ACI Senior Vice President of Education. "This guidance is a priority for ACI to make sure that consumer safety information is clear, accessible and effective."

The Voluntary Guidance has already been shared with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 2013, ACI and a group of liquid laundry detergent packet manufacturers launched a multi-year consumer laundry safety program to educate consumers about safe storage and handling of liquid laundry packets.

In consultation with the CPSC, consumer groups, manufacturers, and retailers, ACI has broadly distributed safety alert information to consumers, poison control centers, pediatricians and other medical professionals, educators and social service providers.

Part of the core of the recommendations include that companies following these guidelines commit to progressive implementation of the following measures, to the extent not already taken:

Reducing the visibility of liquid laundry detergent packets via obscure or opaque packaging or any equivalent measure.

Making access to liquid laundry detergent packets difficult by a package closure design which discourages, delays, or otherwise impedes the ability of young children to open the package, and does not discourage the intended behavior of securing the package.

On-package communication in a prominent place on the package and label which reinforces the need to:

  • Not let children handle liquid laundry detergent packets.
  • Keep liquid laundry detergent packets closed in their original container when not in use.
  • Keep liquid laundry detergent packets out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Keep liquid laundry detergent packets, when not in use, away from moisture and avoid handling them with wet hands.
  • Call the Poison Control Center immediately at the number found on the package or +1 (800) 222-1222 if the liquid laundry packet is swallowed or gets in the eye.

The 5-page-long PDF of ACI's Voluntary Guidance Document can be found online at

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market.  ACI  members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers.  ACI and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.

SOURCE American Cleaning Institute

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