4 Household Toxins Under the Microscope in Canada

Please Note: This article was published in March of 09.

4 Chemicals Used in Consumer Products Slapped with Toxic Label

OTTAWA — The federal government on Friday declared four chemicals widely used in paints, varnishes, stains and industrial cleaners as toxic to human health, paving the way for their possible ban in products.

The chemicals are reproductive or developmental toxins and the third is a carcinogen. They can also be used in nail polish, printing inks, artist materials and grout products.

One of the chemicals is used in some hairsprays, skin creams and as a fragrance ingredient, according to Health Canada.

Another chemical is not used in cosmetics, but may be present as an impurity in some consumer products, such as nail polish remover and hair products, the department said.

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