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Why doesn't the FDA regulate the toxic chemicals in perfumes, colognes and dryer sheets?

Even the CDC is on board with this. I suspect it is the fragrance industry lobbyists who are perpetuating this situation. Essential oils can be used to make the same products but cost ten times as much to produce, so these manufacturers naturally opt to use petroleum-based synthetic chemicals instead. Even the CDC has come on board with this statement..

"In addition, CDC encourages employees to be as fragrance-free as possible when they arrive in the workplace. Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma and chronic heaadaches/migraines. Employees should avoid using scented detergents and fabric softeners on clothes worn to the office. Many fragrance-free personal care and laundry products are easily available and provide safer alternatives."

U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) - February 2012

1 Answer

  • Gina
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I agree with you assessment: lobbyist are involved. Its the same reason they don't regulate genetically modified foods, use of hormones in meant, etc. Its obvious and easily provable that they are bad, but they are also very profitable for people who will do anything to keep that money.

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