Consumer brand group calls for review of disinfectant supply chain before decision on reopening schools

Consumer brand group calls for review of disinfectant supply chain before decision on reopening schools
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A top consumer group warned on Monday that supply chains for disinfectants and cleaning products could be strained without a national strategy on reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) wrote a letter to Vice President Pence, who oversees the White House's COVID-19 response team, to encourage the federal government to create a task force in order to study and protect the supply chain for these products. 

CBA recommended the task force assess the impact schools reopening will have on the current supply chain and make an assessment of the amount of disinfectant products necessary to keep an average-size school clean.

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“Regardless of the decisions made by local officials and parents, every child, teacher and school employee must have access to the disinfecting and cleaning products in the classroom to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Bryan Zumwalt, CBA executive vice president of public affairs, wrote to Pence. 

The group also requested an evaluation of the demand on active and inactive ingredient suppliers, whether there is enough domestic supply and how to ensure access to international supply chains when ingredients can’t be sourced in the U.S.

“Given the very personal nature by which parents make the decisions on where, how and when to educate their children, with safety being paramount, Consumer Brands remains hopeful that this issue rises above partisan politics in Washington,” Zumwalt wrote.