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Protect Your Family from
the Hidden Hazards in Air
Air fresheners have become a staple in many American homes and offices, marketed with the promise of creating a clean, healthy, and sweet-smelling indoor atmosphere. But many of these products contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates)—hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent
(12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “all- natural” or “unscented.”
Our work raises concerns that should be followed up immediately by thorough government testing of these products. Meanwhile, consumers should be aware that the pretty label and sweet scent may mask something much less pleasant.
Gina Solomon, m.D., m.P.H., Senior ScientiSt, nrDc
For more information, please contact
Gina Solomon at (415) 875-6100
Read the full issue paper
Clearing the Air: Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners at www.nrdc.org/policy.
Institut Anca Anca Cercel N.D.