LABELS ROSIN FROM PINE TREES AN ‘HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE’?
Myth: Rosin – used in paper, chewing gum, tyres, waxes and retsina amongst other products, has been labelled an ‘hazardous product’ by Brussels Eurocrats, costing the industry millions of pounds.
(Sunday Telegraph, p.32, 12 March 1995)
Response: Yes, although rosin has been classified at an EU level as an ‘hazardous substance’ for some time now.
Directive 67/548/EEC, on the Packaging and labelling of dangerous substances, contained a number of annexes detailing those substances judged to be dangerous, and the kind of danger they present. Decisions of this kind, which are updated every two years or so, are made on the basis of the latest scientific advice available. Rosin was added to this list for the first time in 1993, and was listed as possibly causing ‘sensitisation by inhalation and skin contact’.
The Commission adopted its latest classification in September 1994, and resin is again included, although the dangers of inhaling its vapours are left out. Thus manufacturers will be required to make this clear on the products’ label as well as in their own Safety Data provisions.