Canada Is Way Behind Other Countries When It Comes To Environmental Laws

Posted on Saturday, November 12 at 12:37 by Anonymous
"If there is an alternative substance available by other manufacturers that's widely used, that's as effective and doesn't contain a hazard, why on earth would you use a hazardous substance?" Griffin said. Institutional cleaning products are often more concentrated than those used in households and, unlike food, Health Canada has no provisions to assess their harmful ingredients. Some cleansers contain the chemical trisodium nitrilotriacetate, a known carcinogen, which has been banned in several jurisdictions in the United States, Griffin said. He added that in California and the European Union, manufacturers are required to label products containing carcinogens. Griffin's group, an alliance of environmental groups and trade unions, has taken its concerns to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, whose members clean the majority of B.C. schools. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 14, 2005]

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