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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2018
E-005263-18
Question for written answer E-005263-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Răzvan Popa (S&D)

 Subject:  Toxic products
 Answer in writing 

A recent study shows a significant amount of toxic, irritating or allergenic components in most commonly used cleaning products, which are readily available on supermarket shelves, without any regard for public health. These products are used for washing, cleaning windows, dusting and other housework, but consumers are unaware that the household cleaning products they keep in their homes are toxic. In fact, there are very few checks on household products and the warnings on packaging are not easy to read or are unclear. We use many disinfectants and antibacterial products, some of which contain significant amounts of benzalkonium chloride, a known allergen which is bad for health.

What action will the Commission consider, in collaboration with Member States and product manufacturers, to provide better information to European citizens about the danger of long-term use of these products, as well as preventing disease and the increasing number of people who are allergic to these products?

Original language of question: RO 
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