Can "Man-Made" Be Safe For Mankind?
Arriving At a Realistic Green Cleaning Policy: Part 4
Both public agencies and private companies/organizations undertake safety research, testing and establish standards for cleaning products and their use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates chemicals and protects human health by safeguarding the natural environment. (Depending upon their use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Department of Agriculture may also be involved.) Some states have similar agencies that establish regulations. Those concerned about the environment establish health and safe-use standards. Various industries and individual manufacturers also conduct extensive efficacy and toxicity testing to ensure that their products are safe when used properly.
Understandably it is easy to be skeptical of product test results undertaken by their manufacturers. In order to obtain EPA registration, however, commercial cleaning products must pass a series of rigorous efficacy tests to verify their manufacturers’ claims. EPA also requires toxicology screening and thorough chemical characterization for each antimicrobial active ingredient and inert ingredient.
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