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September 4, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “Preservative Pinch Shows Need for Options, Supply Chain Preparation”

On September 4, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding a shortage of 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one.

An ongoing global shortage of a chemical used in inks, disinfectants, cleaning, and many other products shows why manufacturers need backup plans to ensure they can meet their commercial obligations, an attorney told Bloomberg Environment.

“This may well be an illustration of the new normal,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment by email Aug. 31.

The shortage of a preservative called 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one, or BIT, also underscores why chemical manufacturers need to develop new compounds that paint, pesticide, fabric softener, and other product manufacturers can use to keep their goods free of microbes and bacteria. The BIT shortage apparently stems from problems getting from Chinese suppliers an essential ingredient used to make the preservative.

“Our strong recommendation is for clients to anticipate these events and have in place durable protocols, ‘Plan Bs’, and some commercial redundancy to weather the storms on the horizon,” Bergeson said.

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