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DOW Chemicals has revised its chemical hazard labeling for acetone.
The new label states that acetone contains acetone acid, an acetone derivative and an acetoacetate compound that is also found in detergents, deodorants, detergent and laundry detergent products.
The chemical is also known as “tampons” or “scented cleaners” and is used as a stain remover, and it has been linked to several illnesses including eczema, allergies, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, cancer, kidney disease and even death.
Dow Chemical did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment on the revisions.
A statement from Dow Chemical says the change to its chemical safety labeling is being made to align with changes in consumer habits and the industry’s evolving understanding of the hazards posed by acetone chemicals.
The company says it plans to issue a new product label on March 20.
Dow Chemical’s new labeling on acetone comes on the heels of a chemical hazard notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The notice stated that acetones pose a chemical, physical or chemical hazard and required Dow Chemicals to “ensure the safety of its products and supplies, and to provide additional information to consumers regarding acetone and the acetone derivatives, including information on how to protect against its inhalation and ingestion.”
The notice also listed a number of chemicals that could cause problems with acetone exposure.
The CDC and FDA issued the notices in February and March of last year, respectively, saying acetone could be linked to breathing problems and asthma, which have been linked in some cases to acetone use.
Dow Chemics issued its new labeling notice on March 7, just weeks after Dow Chemical received an FDA warning on acetones.
The Dow Chemical company has long struggled with a shortage of acetone in the United States, which has resulted in many companies discontinuing use of the chemical.
But the company also faces pressure from some lawmakers and others who say it is overusing the chemical and has contributed to an increase in respiratory illnesses.
The new acetone label will also require Dow Chemies to notify consumers of any adverse health effects linked to the chemical or its derivative.
The change comes just a few weeks after the FDA and CDC announced a crackdown on acetoxins, which Dow Chemists says is linked to asthma.
Dow has been using acetoxin-based acetone-containing products for decades.
The FDA and EPA say acetone has also been linked with several other illnesses.
A study released in December by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found acetone is linked with leukemia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cancer and diabetes.
It also linked acetone to the rare lung disease called Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is associated with acetylene exposure.
In response to the warnings from the CDC and the FDA, Dow Chemical is rolling out a new formulation of acetoxines.
Dow says it is using a new formula that contains more of the same chemical.