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Wipes Manufacturer Will No Longer Claim Its Product Safe for Onsite Systems

A manufacturer of wet wipes has agreed to stop promoting its product as being flushable and will no longer claim they are safe for sewers and septic tanks until it can substantiate the claims. The proposed settlement with Nice-Pak Products Inc. was announced on May 18 by the Federal Trade Commission and became final on June 19 after a public comment period.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated in a news release, “The evidence didn’t back up Nice-Pak’s claims that their wipes were safe to flush. If you claim a product is flushable, it needs to flush in the real world, without clogging household plumbing or sewer and septic systems.” The company’s testing did not reflect real conditions, the agency alleged.