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ECA position on the BfR opinion from 11 November 2013 on lead, nickel and allergenic scents in candles to be restricted

On 24 January 2014, the German BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) published an opinion on lead, nickel and allergenic scents in candles to be restricted (BfR opinion No 004/2014, 11 No-vember 2013). The European candle industry, represented by AECM, A.I.S.E. and ECA, questions the scientific basis of BfR´s opinion with regard to all three substances or groups of substances.

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ECA position on the BfR opinion from 11 November 2013 on lead, nickel and allergenic scents in candles to be restricted

On 24 January 2014, the German BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) published an opinion on lead, nickel and allergenic scents in candles to be restricted (BfR opinion No 004/2014, 11 No-vember 2013). The European candle industry, represented by AECM, A.I.S.E. and ECA, questions the scientific basis of BfR´s opinion with regard to all three substances or groups of substances.

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Azo dyes in candles are no problem - a candle is no baby toy after all

What is an azo dye?

Azo dyes are the biggest group within the dyes. They are widely used because they are particularly light-fast and stable and have vivid colours. Azo dyes themselves are normally not unhealthy. Some of them can be split into their components in the human body however and some of these so-called aromatic amines can be harmful to health.

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Risks caused by inappropriate candle containers and burners

The suitability of containers and candle holders for the respective type of candle is
most crucial for avoiding fire risks.

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Particle emissions from candles are no health hazard

Just like any other open combustion, candles emit fine particles but
do not pose a health hazard if some rules are respected.

From time to time, the media reports on the high emission of fine particles from candles and the supposed health hazard connected with it. If some basic rules for handling candles are respected, such concerns can be easily dispelled however.

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ECA statement refuting study by South Carolina State University researchers suggesting candles may release harmful or even carcinogenic pollutants

The European Candle Association seriously questions the scientific validity of a report by two South Carolina State University researchers* suggesting that candles, especially paraffin candles, can release harmful amounts of indoor air pollutants or even carcinogens.

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