Fragrance Decision Undermines EPA’s DfE Program

EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program (claims to) work “to reduce risk to people and the environment by finding ways to prevent pollution”, yet they recently began allowing DfE-endorsed products to contain fragrances.

Of the first 119 fragrance chemicals okayed for use, 93 have “hazard profile issues” such as being known sensitizers or lacking vital data!!!

“Researchers, pediatricians, and other health experts agree that “Scented chemicals increase risk that some per cent of exposed people will have allergic and hypersensitivity reactions. Allergic and asthmatic children are at especially high risk”

Those of us with MCS/ES, along with many others who now experience adverse or disabling health effects from fragrance chemicals rarely had them before being exposed to some supposedly safe petrochemicals (in everyday use) that tipped our bodies over an edge. For too many of us, it was from fragranced products that we first experienced and continue to experience chronic health problems.

So it is wonderful to see health experts formally urging the EPA to

SAY NO TO FRAGRANCES

No Fragrance

“Pediatricians and respiratory experts, including the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote to the EPA Administrator today raising concerns about the health impact of the recent decision of the US EPA’s Design for the Environment program to allow fragrances.”

it is standard environmental health practice to discourage the use of air fresheners, scented products, and fragrances in homes and other indoor spaces.

We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn that the Agency’s Design for the Environment program (DfE) created a “fragrance” category of chemicals for commercial and consumer cleaning products. The vast majority of chemicals listed — 93 of the 119 total — have “hazard profile issues” because they are identified in one of
these three categories:

“Known sensitizer”;
“Lacks sufficient sensitization data”; or a
“Repeat-dose toxicant.”

According to DfE, “Each ingredient in a formulation has a function in making a product work.”

However, fragrances play no role in the effectiveness of cleaning products.

Such artificial suppression of other odors may even mask the continuation of an unsanitary condition after cleaning.

Unfortunately, these recent decisions on fragrances undermine the program.

Worse, it gives false assurances to consumers that products approved by the DfE program do not contain unnecessary volatile chemicals that could harm health.”

From the Children’s Environmental Health Network

The full coalitation letter to EPA (PDF) regarding the Design for the Environment fragrance decision and news release (PDF) on coalition letter, March 13, 2014

You can also download these and other statements here:
http://www.cehn.org/policy/recent_activities

EPA’s Design for the Environment program

DfE’s (supposedly) Safer Chemical Ingredients Lists

Choose fragrance free options. They are available.

Check labels to make sure the words “parfum” and “fragrance” do not appear. Essential oils can also contain harmful petrochemical ingredients unless they are certified organic, and even then, they can be sensitizers and allergens.

Chemical Fragrance Public Health Warning

Fragrance in the workplace: what managers need to know by C De Vader (2009)

Journal of Management and Marketing Research

” It took decades for the workplace to acknowledge the dangers of smoking and to recognize the deadly effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. Once acknowledged, it was a few more years before the workplace became safe for workers from the dangers of second hand smoke. This paper suggests that fragrance is following the same trajectory”

www.aabri.com/manuscripts/09244.pdf

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F.Y.I.

The DfE Fragrance list:

Green circle Green circle – The chemical has been verified to be of low concern based on experimental and modeled data.

Green half-circle Green half-circle – The chemical is expected to be of low concern based on experimental and modeled data. Additional data would strengthen our confidence in the chemical’s safer status.

Yellow triangle Yellow triangle – The chemical has met DfE criteria for its functional ingredient-class, but has some hazard profile issues. Specifically, a chemical with this code is not associated with a low level of hazard concern for all human health and environmental endpoints. (See DfE criteria). While it is a best-in-class chemical and among the safest available for a particular function, the function fulfilled by the chemical should be considered an area for safer chemistry innovation.

Grey square Grey square – This chemical will not be acceptable for use in products that are candidates for the DfE label and currently labeled products that contain it must reformulate per DfE Compliance Schedules.

Common Name CAS Registry Number
Green circle chemicalDiethyl malonate 105-53-3
Green circle chemicalDimethyl malonate 108-59-8
Green circle chemicalGlycerol triacetate 102-76-1
Green circle chemicalMethyl dihydrojasmonate 24851-98-7
Green circle chemicalVanillin 121-33-5
Half Green circle chemical3-Cyclohexen-1-ol, 4-methyl-1-(1-methylethyl)- 562-74-3
Half Green circle chemical7-Octen-2-ol, 2-methyl-6-methylene-, dihydro deriv. 53219-21-9
Half Green circle chemicalalpha-Terpineol 98-55-5
Half Green circle chemicalBalinol 28219-61-6
Half Green circle chemicalDihydrocitronellol 106-21-8
Half Green circle chemicalDihydromyrcenol 18479-58-8
Half Green circle chemicalEthyl ester 2-methylbutanoic acid 7452-79-1
Half Green circle chemicalEthyl vanillin 121-32-4
Half Green circle chemicalEthylene brassylate 105-95-3
Half Green circle chemicalFlorol 63500-71-0
Half Green circle chemicalgamma-Decalactone 706-14-9
Half Green circle chemicalgamma-Heptalactone 105-21-5
Half Green circle chemicalgamma-Hexalactone 695-06-7
Half Green circle chemicalgamma-Nonalactone 104-61-0
Half Green circle chemicalgamma-Octalactone 104-50-7
Half Green circle chemicalGamma-undecalactone 104-67-6
Half Green circle chemicalHelvetolide 141773-73-1
Half Green circle chemicalHexanoic acid, ethyl ester 123-66-0
Half Green circle chemicalHexyl acetate 142-92-7
Half Green circle chemicalIsoamyl acetate 123-92-2
Half Green circle chemicalIsobutyl acetate 110-19-0
Half Green circle chemicalJasmal 18871-14-2
Half Green circle chemicalJasmin pyranol 38285-49-3
Half Green circle chemicalMuskonate 54982-83-1
Half Green circle chemicalMyrcenol 543-39-5
Half Green circle chemicalOxacycloheptadecan-2-one 109-29-5
Half Green circle chemicalOxacyclohexadecan-2-one 106-02-5
Half Green circle chemicalSandalore 65113-99-7
Half Green circle chemicalTerpineol (mixed isomers) 8000-41-7
Half Green circle chemicalTerpineol acetate 8007-35-0
Half Green circle chemicalTerpinyl acetate 80-26-2
Grey square chemicalBenzyl alcohol (*Flagged on 12/20/2013 for removal from SCIL in 12 months) 100-51-6
Yellow triangle chemical(d)-Limonene (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 5989-27-5
Yellow triangle chemical(Z)- cis-3-Hexenyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 3681-71-8
Yellow triangle chemical1,2,3,4,4a,7,8,8a-Octahydro-2,4a,5,8a-tetramethyl-1-naphthyl formate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above) 65405-72-3
Yellow triangle chemical1,3-Undecadien-5-yne (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 166432-52-6
Yellow triangle chemical1,4-dimethoxybenzene (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 150-78-7
Yellow triangle chemical10-Undecenal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 112-45-8
Yellow triangle chemical1-Decanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 112-30-1
Yellow triangle chemical1-Dodecanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.; *Yellow due to hazard concerns, but allowed to provide functionality while meeting DfE VOC criteria. See section 4.2.7.1.) 112-53-8
Yellow triangle chemical1-Nonanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 143-08-8
Yellow triangle chemical1-Octanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 111-87-5
Yellow triangle chemical1-Tetradecanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 112-72-1
Yellow triangle chemical1-Undecanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 112-42-5
Yellow triangle chemical2(3H)-Naphthalenone, 4,4a,5,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,4a-dimethyl-6-(1-methylethenyl)-, (4R,4aS,6R)- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 4674-50-4
Yellow triangle chemical2,6-Dimethyl-2-heptanol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 13254-34-7
Yellow triangle chemical2-Acetylnaphthalene (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 93-08-3
Yellow triangle chemical2-Butanone, 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 5471-51-2
Yellow triangle chemical2-Heptylcyclopentan-1-one (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 137-03-1
Yellow triangle chemical2-Methylbutyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 51115-63-0
Yellow triangle chemical2-tert-Butylcyclohexanol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 13491-79-7
Yellow triangle chemical3-cis-Hexenyl methyl carbonate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 67633-96-9
Yellow triangle chemical3-Cyclohexene-1-carboxaldehyde, 2,4,6-trimethyl- (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 1423-46-7
Yellow triangle chemical3-Decen-5-ol, 4-methyl- (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 81782-77-6
Yellow triangle chemical3-Hexenyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 65405-77-8
Yellow triangle chemical3-Methyl-5-heptanone oxime (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 22457-23-4
Yellow triangle chemical4,7-Methano-1H-indenol, 3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-, acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 54830-99-8
Yellow triangle chemical4-t-Butylcyclohexyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 32210-23-4
Yellow triangle chemical4-tert-Butylcyclohexanol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 98-52-2
Yellow triangle chemical9-Decen-1-ol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 13019-22-2
Yellow triangle chemicalalpha-Ionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 127-41-3
Yellow triangle chemicalalpha-Isomethylionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 127-51-5
Yellow triangle chemicalalpha-Methyl ionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 7779-30-8
Yellow triangle chemicalAmyl acetate (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 628-63-7
Yellow triangle chemicalAmyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 2050-08-0
Yellow triangle chemicalBenzenepentanol, gamma-methyl- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 55066-48-3
Yellow triangle chemicalBenzyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 118-58-1
Yellow triangle chemicalBenzyldimethyl carbinyl acetate (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 151-05-3
Yellow triangle chemicalbeta-Ionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 14901-07-6
Yellow triangle chemicalButanoic acid, 3-methyl-, 3-methylbutyl ester (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 659-70-1
Yellow triangle chemicalCalone (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 28940-11-6
Yellow triangle chemicalCamphene (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 79-92-5
Yellow triangle chemicalCarvone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 99-49-0
Yellow triangle chemicalcis-3-hexenol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 928-96-1
Yellow triangle chemicalCitronellal (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 106-23-0
Yellow triangle chemicalCitronellol (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 106-22-9
Yellow triangle chemicalCitronelloxyacetaldehyde (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 7492-67-3
Yellow triangle chemicalCitronellyl acetate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 150-84-5
Yellow triangle chemicalCuminaldehyde (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 122-03-2
Yellow triangle chemicalCyclohexanecarboxylic acid, 2,2-dimethyl-6-methylene-, methyl ester (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 81752-87-6
Yellow triangle chemicalCyclohexanepropanol, 2,2,6-trimethyl-.alpha.-propyl- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 70788-30-6
Yellow triangle chemicalCyclohexanone, 2-(1-mercapto-1-methylethyl)-5-methyl- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 38462-22-5
Yellow triangle chemicalCyclopentanone, 2-pentyl- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 4819-67-4
Yellow triangle chemicalDecaldehyde (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 112-31-2
Yellow triangle chemicaldelta-Damascone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 57378-68-4
Yellow triangle chemicaldelta-Decalactone (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 705-86-2
Yellow triangle chemicaldelta-Dodecalactone (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 713-95-1
Yellow triangle chemicalDicyclopentadiene propionate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 68912-13-0
Yellow triangle chemicalDiisobutyl carbinyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 10250-45-0
Yellow triangle chemicalDimethyl tetrahydrobenzaldehyde (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 68737-61-1
Yellow triangle chemicalDimethylallyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 1191-16-8
Yellow triangle chemicalDipentene (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 138-86-3
Yellow triangle chemicalDiphenyl oxide (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 101-84-8
Yellow triangle chemicalD-Menthol (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 15356-60-2
Yellow triangle chemicalDodecanal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 112-54-9
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl butyrate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 105-54-4
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl dimethylhydrocinnamaldehyde (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 67634-15-5
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl isovalerate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 108-64-5
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl linalool (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 10339-55-6
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl linalyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 61931-80-4
Yellow triangle chemicalEthyl undecylenate (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 692-86-4
Yellow triangle chemicalEucalyptol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 470-82-6
Yellow triangle chemicalgamma-Terpinene (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 99-85-4
Yellow triangle chemicalHexanal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 66-25-1
Yellow triangle chemicalHexyl Salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 6259-76-3
Yellow triangle chemicalHydroxycitronellal (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 107-75-5
Yellow triangle chemicalIndole (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 120-72-9
Yellow triangle chemicalIonone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 8013-90-9
Yellow triangle chemicalIsoamyl butyrate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 106-27-4
Yellow triangle chemicalIsoamyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 87-20-7
Yellow triangle chemicalIsobutyl salicylate (*Known sensitizer, see above) 87-19-4
Yellow triangle chemicalIsocyclocitral (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 1335-66-6
Yellow triangle chemicalIsopropylphenylbutanal (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 125109-85-5
Yellow triangle chemicalIsopulegol (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 89-79-2
Yellow triangle chemicalJasmone (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 488-10-8
Yellow triangle chemicall-Carvone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 6485-40-1
Yellow triangle chemicalLigustral (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 68039-49-6
Yellow triangle chemicalLinalool (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 78-70-6
Yellow triangle chemicalLinalyl acetate (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 115-95-7
Yellow triangle chemicalL-Menthol (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 2216-51-5
Yellow triangle chemicalMelonal (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 106-72-9
Yellow triangle chemicalMenthol (unspecified isomer) (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 1490-04-6
Yellow triangle chemicalMenthol, racemic (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 89-78-1
Yellow triangle chemicalMethyl 2-nonenoate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 111-79-5
Yellow triangle chemicalMethyl 2-nonynoate (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 111-80-8
Yellow triangle chemicalMethyl benzoate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 93-58-3
Yellow triangle chemicalMethyl delta ionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 79-89-0
Yellow triangle chemicalMethyl undecylenate (*Repeat dose toxicant, see above.) 111-81-9
Yellow triangle chemicalMethylionone (*Known sensitizer; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 1335-46-2
Yellow triangle chemicalNaphthalene, 2-ethoxy- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 93-18-5
Yellow triangle chemicalNaphthalene, 2-methoxy- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 93-04-9
Yellow triangle chemicalNonanal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 124-19-6
Yellow triangle chemicalOctanal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 124-13-0
Yellow triangle chemicalOctyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above) 112-14-1
Yellow triangle chemicalOxacyclohexadec-12-en-2-one, (12E)- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 111879-80-2
Yellow triangle chemicalOxacyclohexadec-12-en-2-one, (12Z)- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 111879-79-9
Yellow triangle chemicalOxacyclohexadec-13-en-2-one, (13E)- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 99219-32-6
Yellow triangle chemicalOxacyclohexadec-13-en-2-one, (13Z)- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 111879-81-3
Yellow triangle chemicalOxirane, 2,2-dimethyl-3-(3-methyl-2,4-pentadien-1-yl)- (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 69103-20-4
Yellow triangle chemicalpara-Ethyl-alpha,alpha-dimethyl-hydrocinnamaldehyde (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 67634-14-4
Yellow triangle chemicalPropanoic acid, 2-methyl-, 3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1H-inden-5-yl ester (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above) 67634-20-2
Yellow triangle chemicalPropanoic acid, 2-methyl-, 3a,4,5,6,7,7a-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1H-inden-6-yl ester (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 68039-39-4
Yellow triangle chemicalScentenal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 86803-90-9
Yellow triangle chemicalSweet orange oil (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 8008-57-9
Yellow triangle chemicalTerpinolene (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 586-62-9
Yellow triangle chemicalTetrahydrolinalool (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 78-69-3
Yellow triangle chemicaltrans-3-Hexenol (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 928-97-2
Yellow triangle chemicalTricyclodecenyl propionate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 17511-60-3
Yellow triangle chemicalTriethyl citrate (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 77-93-0
Yellow triangle chemicalUndecanal (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 112-44-7
Yellow triangle chemicalUndecanal, 2-methyl- (*Known sensitizer, see above.) 110-41-8
Yellow triangle chemicalVanillyl acetone (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above) 122-48-5
Yellow triangle chemicalVerdox (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data; repeat dose toxicant. See above.) 88-41-5
Yellow triangle chemicalVerdyl acetate (*Lacks sufficient sensitization data, see above.) 5413-60-5
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4 responses to “Fragrance Decision Undermines EPA’s DfE Program

  1. UGH. This makes me want to scream. I wish there were a “like the post, hate the implications of the post” button.
    Are you ever OK with being reblogged or linked to? I for some reason thought you weren’t. I seem to be meeting other thyroid bloggers and Lyme bloggers on Twitter, and I post my blog on Twitter. Thyroid bloggers need to read about endocrine disruptors because we are endocrine-disrupted, and as for Lyme bloggers, as you know, a lot of Lymies have many chemical sensitivities even if they don’t have full-blown MCS.

    • Maybe if I had more energy, I’d scream too… Instead I post here and on fb…

      If you find any of these posts useful, please do share.

      And yes, we are all interconnected and the world is getting smaller…

      More people need to learn about the effects everyday chemicals are having on our bodies, because when we do, we can start avoiding them and demanding better, safer products and materials!

      So few people understand the connection between health problems and “environmental” exposures… We like to believe that if things are sold, they must be proven safe first, when nothing could be further from the truth.

  2. Good info. It is unfortunate that so many people think that “clean” needs to stink.

    • They only think that because the fragrance industry has been hammering it into their heads via all that advertising.

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