Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are used as a flame retardant and finishing agent for leather and other textiles. They are highly toxic to humans and marine life and they do not break down in our environment. Short-chain chlorinated paraffin's are easy absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the body.
Acute Health Effects Acute toxicity of SCCPs low however, SCCPs will cause skin and eye irritation upon application. Chronic Health Effects Chlorinated paraffins are listed on the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) Carcinogen List as "Possible Carcinogens." On the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) Carcinogen List they are listed as "Reasonably Anticipated to Be a Carcinogen."
Based on evidence, it is likely that SCCPs can cause significant adverse effects on human health and our environment. It is important to know these things so that we can protect ourselves. We are not properly informed and we need to take action.
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