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False Leather Mould and Mildew Prevention Claims in National Advertising

To find the answers to these questions required research. One manufacturer stated that their product contained petroleum distillates and therefore that reduced mould. But, what about the negative effects on the leather?

Another said that since the word “helps” prevent mould and mildew is used, they first recommend a vinegar solution to get rid of mould first—then condition with their product. So, what about the claim that THEIR product prevented mould and mildew problems? I wonder what ever happened to business ethics?

Another stated that, because his product was used on horses (and not on people), there was no need to register with the EPA. This is totally against EPA guidelines. So, if a person is applying a mould and mildew inhibitor, don’t you think they’d want to know if it’s safe for their horse too? The manufacturer recommended rubber gloves.

Another manufacturer listed in the Horse Journal’s list of Leather-Conditioning products (claiming to inhibit mould and mildew) said they never advertised that claim, however they’re using a mould and mildew inhibitor in their soap. Excuse me?

Please be aware that all products claiming to inhibit, prevent, reduce, etc., mould and mildew spores require an EPA registration number. The EPA then requires the product be extensively tested to determine the effects of the active ingredients and how they relate to the claims made. Those tests may include Inhalation, Eye Sensitivity and Skin Sensitivity; procedures done by a certified laboratory.

We worked closely with the EPA for over one year to prove that Leather Therapy Restorer/Conditioner’s claims were legitimate.

I challenge those companies making these claims to 1) make valid claims and more accurate statements and 2) comply with the industry guidelines created to keep our public safe.

Anna Carner Blangiforti
President and Founder
Leather Therapy Products