Fragrance chems to be disclosed

The era of fragrance secrecy might soon be over as the fragrance group IFRA (International Fragrance Association) agreed to publish a list of fragrance ingredients used in consumer products on their website by December 31, 2009.

“To support our goal of increased transparency, we have determined that publishing an alphabetized list of fragrance ingredients would be helpful when communicating the industry’s extensive safety program,” said Jean-Pierre Houri, IFRA Director General.

The ingredients, both natural and synthetic, will be listed alphabetically by their chemical name and their Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number. The list of fragrance ingredients will be generated from the IFRA 2008 Use Survey, which is carried out on a regular basis amongst IFRA affiliated member companies representing approximately 90% of the world’s production volume of fragrances.

Consumer groups the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) and The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) welcome the announcement and said that it will enhance the groups’ Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative where manufacturers of cleaning products, air care products, automotive care products, and polishes and floor maintenance products will voluntarily disclose ingredients in these products by January 1, 2010.

Will consumer goods manufacturers include the controversial fragrance chemical pthalates? We will soon find out!

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