The world is an exceedingly strange place when products that are designed to kill unwanted and uncared for “pests” have fragrance chemicals added to change the way they smell, and those fragrance chemicals are better regulated than the ones in products we living (wanted and cared for?) humans are sold, for intimate use, on a daily basis.
1.indicating a person or thing that kills: insecticide
2.indicating a killing; murder: homicide
How is it that the fragrances added to pesticides are more regulated than the fragrances we are exposed to 24/7 now, from laundry, personal care, cleaning products, scented candles and air “fresheners” (among others, as everything is fragranced these days)?
The EPA had concerns about the safety of fragrance chemicals in pesticides (!?!), and demanded a process to ensure the ingredients were safe to be used in the products that are designed to kill life. Too bad they don’t have oversight of the fragrance ingredients designed for human use, as many people are falling like exterminated fleas from them.
“These component ingredients have undergone agency evaluation to determine their suitability for safe use as components of fragrances in nonfood-use pesticide product formulations.”
How reassuring is that? I guess fragrances weren’t suitable for food use pesticides either! Yet, food is routinely prepared and sold in areas where the air and people’s hands are thick with fragrance molecules.
From the now “not found” Transparency page on IFRANA’s website (screenshot taken January 4, 2015):
Yet no regulatory agency ensures that fragrance ingredients are safe for use in products designed for living beings. The fragrance industry is entirely self regulated.
Pardon me for repeating myself. I am trying to process this, to make sense of this.
From a previous post I wrote:
“The Pilot Fragrance Notification Program, which was launched in September 2011, is a process improvement effort intended to streamline the process registrants use to amend registrations when adding, removing or modifying fragrance ingredients in nonfood-use pesticide product formulations.
All components of a fragrance product must be included on the Fragrance Ingredient List (FIL) to be eligible to participate in the 2-year Pilot Fragrance Notification Program. Registrants can self-certify that all components in the fragrance are included on the FIL if the contents have been provided to them by the fragrance manufacturer.
The FIL comprises more than 1,500 fragrance component ingredients contained in pesticide products previously reviewed and registered by the agency.
These component ingredients have undergone agency evaluation to determine their suitability for safe use as components of fragrances in nonfood-use pesticide product formulations. The Fragrance Ingredient List is available at http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/inerts/fmaingredient.pdf.
For more information about the Pilot Fragrance Notification Program, please see Guidance for Pilot Fragrance Notification Program at http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/regpolicy.htm#Guidance, under the Guidance/Guidelines Heading.”
Benzene is one of the ingredients listed as used in both pesticides (PDF download link above) and air “fresheners” (get the AirFreshenerList09 PDF which also disappeared sometime after January 4th from IFRANA’s now “not found” Transparency page”)
“A 1948 toxicological review of benzene came to the conclusion that there is no safe exposure level”
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Come to think, why on earth do pesticides need to have fragrance in them anyway?
Why is it that the fragrances used in products designed to kill “pests” are regulated, but the fragrances used in products designed for everyday human use are not?
“Perfume is a $6.1 billion industry in the U.S. and $29 billion worldwide.
Add to that the billions more spent to create other fragrances used in soaps, lotions, deodorants, detergents and other household products.”
~ January 2015 by a former Republican congressman
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Who is keeping US safe from them?