Joe Schwarcz’s The Right Chemistry: Paraben phobia is unjustifiedThe public mistrust of preservatives can be traced back to a 2004 paper by Dr. Philippa Darbre of the University of Reading.Stories about recalls of various consumer products are all too common these days, but one about contaminated children’s sunscreen lotion caught my attention. Not because it posed a significant risk, which it didn’t, but because the report mentioned “glucono delta lactone.” This is a compound I worked with extensively back in my graduate school days, using it as a starting material for the synthesis of various carbohydrates. What was it doing now, in a story about a sunscreen recall?Cosmetic products, particularly those that are water-based, are prone to contamination by bacteria, moulds and fungi. This is not only a “cosmetic” problem, as it were, it is also a health issue. One would therefore presume that the inclusion of preservatives to ensure a safe product would be seen by consumers as a positive feature, but such is not the case. Preservatives are regarded by many as nasty chemicals that are to be avoided.This mistrust can be traced back to a 2004 paper by Dr. Philippa Darbre of the University of Reading that described finding traces of parabens, a commonly used class of preservatives, in breast tumours. The study received extensive press coverage, with few accounts pointing out that there had been no control group. Since parabens are widely used in foods and cosmetics, they can conceivably be detected in most everyone.Although Darbre admitted that the presence of parabens did not prove they caused the tumours, she did alarm women by pointing out that these preservatives have estrogen-like activity and that such activity has been linked to breast cancer. Read the Complete Article Here ....Presenters Welcome!The SCC Ontario Chapter board is currently accepting submissions for presentations ! Interested parties can submit a presentation abstract and a biography. Your talk may be accepted for either a Chapter meeting or Education Day. Please send all enquiries to Andy Halasz (speaker coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org .MembershipFor those who would like to become members, yearly fees are $140 US. Applications are available from your Executive Committee or on-line (Click Here) Please return the completed form at your convenience and reap the benefits of the SCC. For renewal memberships, please send payments directly to the SCC National Office. For your convenience, National will accept payment by VISA, Mastercard or AMEX. Please contact National for details.______________________________SCC Members Dues RenewalRenewal notices for 2015 membership were sent out in August. The second notices will be sent in early October and final notices will be sent at the end of November. Dues fees are US$140.00. Please note you can now renew ON-LINE here. Members who do not renew by December 31st will be made inactive.SCC ONTARIO EMAIL REGISTRATIONAs you may have heard, new anti-spam laws in Canada came into effect on July 1st of this year. As such we have had to ask all members and anyone interested in receiving our periodic communiqués from SCC Ontario for permission to be put on our mail list. If you are no longer receiving our emails or want to be included on our circulation list going forward please click on this link to register; Please note your email information will be used for SCC information purposes ONLY!
______________________________Ontario Chapter Officers 2014ChairAndrea BoylanAndicor Specialty Chemicals Corp.590 Abilene DriveMississauga, ON L5T2T4Ph: (905) 795-0911Fax: (905) 795-0912Email AndreaChair ElectDorothy MaraprossiansUnipex Solutions6660 Financial DriveMississauga, ON L5N7J6Ph: 905-601-8766Fax: 905-812-0672Email DorothySecretaryMonika MelaoCharles Tennant & Company34 Clayson Rd.Toronto, ON M9M 2G8Ph: (416) 741-9264Fax: (416) 741-6642Email MonikaTreasurerGary BakerGE&B Marketing135 Shuh AvenueKitchener, ON N2A 1H4Ph: 519-896-1168 Fax: 519-896-7350Email GaryDirectors Area IIBart MaxonPh: 989-496-3035Fax: 989-496-5508Email BartPerry RomanowskiBrains PublishingPh: 708-207-7642Email PerryPast ChairZohreh FakhimUnivar Canada64 Arrow Road, North York, ON, M9M2L9 Ph: (416) 740-5300Fax: (416) 740-2227Email Zohreh
The weather couldn't have been better for a great day out with friends and colleagues on the links in the rolling hills of Caledon!! On July 22nd our 14th annual SCC Ontario Chapter Golf Tournament was again held at Caledon Woods Golf Club north of Bolton ! As a “Club Link” course our SCC members were well taken care of by the staff . We had a wonderful turnout with 97 attendees which included both golfers and dinner guests! To all the golfers who attended, again thank you for your participation!Esteemed winners of our two flights were as follows: FLIGHT A: Craig Broijer, Tim Ewing, Sam Maduri, Doug MorinFLIGHT B: Walter Schlichtig, Toby Bajzik, Brian Plath, Neil ShahWe also held five skills competitions. The most skillful of our group were:Longest Drive Ladies: Cheryl KunkaLongest Drive Men: Toby BajzikClosest to the Pin Men: Dag EnhorningClosest to the Pin Ladies: Paige McpeakeClosest to the Line: Melanie JonesNo matter how large or small the event, there is always a lot of work that goes into it and this golf tournament is no exception. A special thank you goes out to Gagan Jain and Craig Broijer for their time and effort in organizing this grand event. Next year’s plans are already in the works!Again we thank our good friend Wayne Fretz who took a great series of pictures at the event which can be viewed here !A special THANK YOU to our valued contributors...Support of this event was overwhelming, and thanks to the generosity of our suppliers and manufacturers almost every golfer finished the day with a prize.Prize Donation Contributors:AICAshlandAndicor Specialty ChemicalsAquatechCambrian ChemicalsCCC IngredientsCharles Tennant & Co. Ltd.ChemsynergyCompagnie ParentoDebro ChemicalsEvergreen Consumer BrandsEvonik Goldschmidt Chemical Canada Hunter AmenitiesLV LomasMainmast InternationalNatunola HealthPrinovaQuadraShoppers Drug MartSiltechStepan CanadaTempo Canada ULCUnipex SolutionsUnivar CanadaWayne Fretz ConsultingBest effort is made to include names of all sponsors! We apologize if anyone has been excluded in error. Please advise us of any omissions and we will be happy to include your company’s name in a subsequent issue.
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With a focus on education, the SCC Ontario Chapter is always striving to bring the highest quality educational seminars to our Chapter members. At the same time we like to entertain and foster a social environment. The problem is, you can’t make everyone happy! That’s why we need your feedback. Fill out a simple questionnaire on line and tell us what interests YOU !Link to the Questionaire HERE !
New SCC Ontario Survey LaunchedThe SCC Ontario board is happy to announce the launch of our new survey!As a member of the SCC Ontario chapter or someone who is interested in our chapter and attends the occasional meeting and/or function we are looking for your feedback. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey and let us know what you like, and don't like as well as how we may improve on what we are doing. Our objective as a society is the advancement of cosmetic science, which of course we all have a vested interest in! So why not do it in a way that educates as well as entertains! Click Here to participate in the survey !
to the winning table at our May 22nd meeting with a score of 13/14 comprised of Liz, Peitsis, Mary Seifi, Dorothy Maraprossians, Rob Quinlan, John Nikolaou, Sherry Archer, Peggy Woessmann and Christelle Guyomard.
ONTARIO CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SOCIETY FOR COSMETIC CHEMISTSThe support of Cosmetic Science Education and Research are central to the goals of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). The Ontario Chapter has developed a Scholarship Program available to Canadian University, College or High School students. Read More Here.