Scents can make you sick: unlabelled toxins

www.dailypress.com/health, Nov. 3, 2010
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, reports Futurity, which follows the latest in university research. This is from a recent Futurity report: The Household Product Labeling Act, currently being reviewed by the U.S. Senate, would require manufacturers to list ingredients in air fresheners, soaps, laundry supplies, and other consumer products.

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, Anne Steinemann says. Steinemann is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs at the University of Washington and lead researcher in a study examining chemical emissions from these products.Full story