SC Johnson Press Room
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Setting the Record Straight on Galaxolide


SC Johnson vehemently disagrees with Women’s Voices for the Earth’s assertion that SC Johnson products contribute to high levels of Galaxolide in aquatic life and waterways. Every product SC Johnson manufactures undergoes rigorous screening for human health and environmental assessment. While Galaxolide is used in some SC Johnson fragrance, it is present at very low concentrations that are hundreds to thousands of times lower than levels deemed safe by worldwide regulatory agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It is also important to emphasize that the US EPA in the 2014 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment concluded that there were no problems to aquatic or sediment-dwelling organisms associated with the current use of Galaxolide.  Based on exhaustive studies, it was concluded that Galaxolide was not a PBT (Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic) or vPvB (Very Persistant or Very Bioaccumulative). 

And despite what has been inaccurately reported, Galaxolide is not classified as a hormone disruptor. Safety evaluations have deemed it safe for use in consumer products such as air fresheners, home cleaners and personal care products, by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).


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