There are over 40,000 chemicals available for use in everyday household
items including cleaning products, laundry detergents, cosmetics and toiletries and so much more. With scant regulation in Australia, consumers need to be aware that current legislation does not protect their health. In fact, there are no pre-market regulations that stipulate mandatory testing of chemicals prior to sale in Australia.
For example, Triclosan is banned in the EU classed as a known carcinogen. Yet Triclosan can be found in baby products sold in Australian supermarkets, chemists and retailers. SCA campaigns for the use of only safe and healthy chemicals, there are many healthier alternatives available to using cheap and toxic-chemicals in the products we use.
In a perfect world, the Australian government should stipulate by law that all chemicals must be tested for health and safety prior to allowing chemicals for use in Australia; further banning and/or restricting the use of hazardous chemicals. Who should be concerned? The young, the elderly, pregnant, sick or injured, should avoid chemicals listed under Key Issues
and Key Allergens