The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is consulting on naming three chemicals thought to damage fertility or the unborn child as substances of very high concern, along with a fourth compound associated with “serious effects” on human health and the environment.
The three substances associated with reprotoxicity have a wide range of industrial and manufacturing uses.
The first, 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone, can be found in inks and toners, metals and modelling clay and may be released into the environment through washing liquids and detergents, car cleaning products, paints and air fresheners. It is used in the manufacture of wood products, paper, plastics and electronic equipment.
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