Environmental groups petition U.S. to regulate air fresheners
I AM AN ASTHMATIC AND I CAN UNDERSTAND WHERE THESE GROUPS ARE COMING FROM THAT WANT AIR FRESHENERS TO BE CHECKED OUT. BUT I BELIEVE THE INDUSTRY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO REGULATE THEMSELVES. IF GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED, THEN THIS IS NOT ALWAY THE BEST SOLUTION EITHER.
The groups want the federal government to require manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble Co., S.C. Johnson, Dial Corp., Sara Lee Corp. and Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to conduct health and safety tests, including the respiratory effect of breathing the fresheners. Those test results should be handed over to regulators, who should also be alerted if there are reports of adverse reactions to the air fresheners, the groups said.
The environmental groups also want truth-in-advertising labeling that would require listing all ingredients in air fresheners. And the government should ban ingredients that would cause allergies or appear on California's Proposition 65 list of chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm, according to the petition.
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