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Household Cleaning Chemicals Are Being Identified, Disclosed

April 1, 2009: 05:20 AM EST
Some makers of household cleaners in the US are disclosing the chemicals in their products. SC Johnson and Clorox are identifying most of their ingredients while Seventh Generation, which has long been disclosing the ingredients in its eco friendly products, is now explaining the scientific and technical names. Consumer groups and eco-activists say that many ingredients could cause breathing and chest problems and should be listed on labels rather than only on websites. One chemical is monoethanolamine, which has been linked to asthma. Federal laws mostly do not require ingredients to be listed, although some dangerous chemicals used in commercial and institutional applications have to be disclosed as professional cleaners deal with much greater quantities. Congress is considering whether to make a law giving the Environmental Protection Agency the power to declare if a chemical is safe. Consumers are buying more eco friendly cleaning products, which earned $64 million in 2008, according to Mintel.
Anjali Athavaley, "Household Products Start to Come Clean on Ingredients ", Wall Street Journal, April 01, 2009, via Wall Street Journal, © Dow Jones
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