Today I got a press release via e-mail from the public relations person responsible for the "Moms against Cooties" campaign. Basically, the idea behind this campaign is that they want you to disinfect, disinfect, and disinfect some more and don't forget to tell your child's daycare to disinfect and disinfect and disinfect some more.
Since I'm a "Mom against Toxic Chemicals" who thinks that "cooties" (come on, we're adults, let's call them germs) are part of life and not the devil, I was naturally curious who was behind this campaign.
So I clicked through to the Moms against Cooties website and discovered in the small print at the bottom that "Moms Against Cooties is brought to you by the Water Quality and Health Council." Sounds like an interesting organization, but I wasn't sure what they would have against cooties. Since they don't link to the Water Quality and Health Council from the cooties website, I Googled it.
The main page of the Water Quality and Health website doesn't give any hint about who is behind it. But I clicked on the "About Us" page and found out that [emphasis mine]:
The Water Quality and Health Council is an independent, multidisciplinary group sponsored by the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association. The group comprises scientific experts, health professionals and consumer advocates who serve as advisors to the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council.
Interesting. I wonder why they didn't plaster that on the front page of the "Moms Against Cooties" website? I wonder why they didn't mention it in the press release?