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Health: Toxic Products

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the steps being taken by companies and retail outlets to warn the public of the health hazards contained in certain consumer products with advertisements and suitable warnings on labels, particularly where such products contain carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxins. [HL1359]

We have made no such assessment. Any adverse impact on human health and the environment arising from the use of consumer products is controlled effectively by a range of measures.

The safety of certain consumer products containing chemicals is governed by the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002, which are administered by the Health and Safety Executive. These regulations require that manufacturers identify the dangers to human health and the environment of products containing chemicals, classify them under an EU-wide classification system and package them safely. If a product contains hazardous chemicals it must be labelled with the appropriate warning symbols indicating the hazards and with phrases explaining the dangers and how to use the product safely.

The Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) Regulations 2006, which are administered by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, prohibit the sale to the general public of products containing chemical substances classified as category 1 or 2 carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxins.