October 26, 2010
Popular scented products – including those that claim to be “green” – emit many chemicals not listed on the label, including some considered toxic and possibly carcinogenic, a study today says.
The study found that 25 of these products emit an average of 17 chemicals each, and of the 133 different chemicals detected, nearly a quarter are classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. It says 11 emitted at least one chemical listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It says only one compound — ethanol — was listed on any of the product labels.