Australia suffering from fragrance-related illnesses “epidemic”
A University of Melbourne study has found one-third of Australians report health problems, including migraines and asthma attacks, from exposure to commonly sold supermarket products which contain fragrance.
Problem products included air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies and personal care products. Health problems caused by these products are as far reaching as dizziness, rashes, congestion, seizures and nausea.
Lead researcher, Professor Anne Steinemann, referred to the number of people suffering from health problems caused by fragrances as a “epidemic”.
“Fragranced products are creating health problems across Australia,” Professor Steinemann said.
“The effects can be immediate, severe and potentially disabling. But they can also be subtle, and people may not realise they’re being affected,” she stated.
Days off work lost due to fragrance related illnesses
Professor Steinemann said 7.7 per cent of Australians have lost workdays or a job in the past year because of illness caused by fragrance product exposure.
“These findings have serious implications for businesses, workplaces, care facilities, schools, homes and other places – for anywhere or anyone that uses fragranced products,” Professor Steinemann said.
Smelly organic and natural products also making Australians sick
‘Organic’ and ‘all natural’ products are also problem causes for Australians suffering from fragrance related illnesses the study found.
“All types of fragranced products tested—even those with claims of ‘green,’ ‘organic,’ and ‘all-natural’—emitted hazardous air pollutants,” she said.
Professor Steinemann’s study results were based off a web-based study issued randomly to 1, 098 people.
She has also studied illnesses caused by fragrances in the United States, finding that 34.7 per cent of Americans also experience aliments from fragrances found in household products.
Professor Steinemann’s latest research is available in Preventive Medicine Reports journal, Volume 5, March 2017.
- Humans can usesmell to detect levels of dietary fat
- Smelldraws consumers to the humble potato chip
- Dutch research:Smell of food can control portion size
The 2016/17 Food Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety is now available.
Meat and Livestock Australia’s “Operation Boomerang” Australia Day advertising campaign has taken 3 ...
Caltex petrol says while it is disappointed with the likely end of its fuel-alliance with Woolworths...
Pepsi Co’s Smith’s is brining two old chip flavours back for a limited-time only.
Lion Dairy and Drinks has launched a new marketing campaign encouraging Australians to drink milk ag...
A new brand of antibiotic-free chicken is now available at Coles supermarkets.
A new ABARES Agricultural Commodities report has forecasted a return towards trend for farm producti...
DAIRY giant Fonterra is applying itself to help find solutions to malnourishment in older people.