A U.S.D.A. proposal would provide preference for biobased precision cleaning products in Federal programs, according to the BFK Solutions newsletter
BFK says biobased products can be the right choice in some critical cleaning applications, however, they add they are far from universal replacements for existing aqueous and solvent cleaning agents. BFK says it's opposed to including the category “specialty precision cleaners and solvents;” and have submitted written comments to the USDA regarding
• public safety concerns
• unestablished performance; need for product development
• conflict with other regulations
• costs to industry
BFK says they also found many inaccuracies in the applicable “Process for Industry Investigation.” They heartily support development of more effective, well-defined biobased cleaning agents. They say living things -- especially plants -- can be natural chemical factories that provide new, effective compounds. BFK says what is needed is more development, refinement, blending, and testing of biobased cleaning agents.