Scented Consumer Products Emit Unlisted, Hazardous Chemicals

Widely used fragranced products, including those that claim to be "green", can give off chemicals not listed on the label. Some of these chemicals have been classified as toxic.

Twenty-five commonly used scented products were found to emit an average of 17 chemicals each. A total of 133 different chemicals were detected -- nearly a quarter of which are classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. Only one emitted compound was listed on a product label.

According to Science Daily:

“Manufacturers are not required to disclose any ingredients in cleaning supplies, air fresheners or laundry products, all of which are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Neither these nor personal care products, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, are required to list ingredients used in fragrances, even though a single ‘fragrance’ in a product can be a mixture of up to several hundred ingredients”.

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