© Pumper Magazine | Rules and Regs | September 2015 | By Doug Day
A manufacturer of wet wipes has agreed to stop promoting its product as flushable and will no longer claim they are safe for sewers and septic tanks until it can substantiate those claims. The proposed settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Nice-Pak Products Inc. was finalized in June.
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 contended.
The FTC complaint said the company had violated the law by claiming that the wipes:
- Are safe for sewer systems
- Are safe for septic systems
- Break apart shortly after being flushed
- Are safe to flush
The company released a statement saying the products in question had been discontinued in 2014 and maintained that their claims were “fully substantiated.” Nice-Pak produced the wipes for private labels marketed by Costco, CVS and Target.
The company is also named in a class-action lawsuit brought by the City of Wyoming, Minnesota, against six manufacturers of flushable wipes that alleges manufacturers knowingly marketed and distributed wipes as flushable, when in reality the wipes can cause severe problems to wastewater systems.