Summary of Toxicity
Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs) are classified as carcinogens by authoritative sources. The National Toxicology Program classifies chlorinated paraffins (C12, 60% chlorine) as reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens based on liver, kidney, and thyroid tumors in rodent testing.
The European Union lists SCCPs as a substance of very high concern (SVHC), as it meets the criteria for both a persistent bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substance and a very persistent, very bioaccumulative substance (vPvB). This is part of implementing the EU law Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Substances that may have serious and often irreversible effects on human health and the environment can be identified as SVHCs.
How can Chlorinated Paraffins affect children?
SCCPs could be present in children’s products as they have been used as plasticizers (promote plasticity and flexibility and to reduce brittleness in products) and a flame retardant in plastics, especially PVC. Other minor domestic SCCP uses are as a plasticizer and a flameretardant additive to a variety of products including: rubber formulations, paints and other coatings, and adhesives and sealants.
SCCPs have been detected in breast milk as well as other human tissues.
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