Study needed on chemicals in air fresheners, says Fomca

PETALING JAYA - An immediate study is needed on the dangers posed by air fresheners, said Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca).

"Public safety should always be the Government's priority, especially since the chemicals can affect young children.

"The Government should test the existing air fresheners in the market and inform the public of which products are safe to be used," said Fomca secretary-general Datuk Paul Selva Raj.

He was commenting on a report in The Star that six commonly used household air fresheners contained at least one of four dangerous compounds - toluene, benzene, formaldehyde and phthalates.

Paul said that because the effects were not immediate, doctors could not pinpoint air fresheners as the cause of health problems.

The Star also reported recently that Reckitt Benckiser, which produces Air Wick air fresheners, assured customers that its products were safe and effective as the brand took consumer health very seriously.

"We confirm that Air Wick products do not contain any of the mentioned chemicals in the article," the company said in a statement.

S.C. Johnson & Son (M) Sdn Bhd said its Glade air care products were safe when used according to label instructions.