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RALEIGH — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added more than 130 chemicals to its safer chemical ingredients list. For the first time, 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added to the list.
“Fragrances are an important yet complex part of many consumer cleaning products. By adding fragrance and other chemicals to the safer chemical ingredients list, EPA continues its commitment to help companies make safer products and provide the public with greater access to chemical information,” said James Jones, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
The list serves as a resource for manufacturers, health and environmental advocates and consumers. It also serves as a guide for Design for the Environment (DfE) labeled products, which must meet EPA’s standards for protecting human health and the environment. More than 2,500 products are certified under the DfE standard for safer products. Using DfE-certified products reduces exposures to dangerous chemicals.
The list was created in September 2012 and EPA continues to update the list with additional fragrances and chemicals.
For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/ah3vgvf.