Saturday, July 29, 2006

Volatile organic compound discovered...

Watch out for a volatile organic compound called 1,4 dichlorobenzene (1,4 DCB)'s a common ingredient found in many air fresheners, toilet bowl cleaners, mothballs and other deodorizing products, and new research indicates it may cause modest reductions in lung function.

Even a modest reduction in lung function can be extremely dangerous, especially for children who may have asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

1,4 DCB, is a white solid compound with a distinctive aroma, similar to mothballs. It is typically used primarily as a space deodorant in products such as room deodorizers, urinal and toilet bowl blocks, and as an insecticide fumigant for moth control.

The USA Dept. of Health and Human Services issued the News Release regarding new research confirming 1,4 DCB dangers through NIEHS on July 27, 2006. Click through this link to read the full news release.