To the New York Times

September 8th, 2003

To the Editor,

This far reaching story failed to detail the nature of Ms. Martin’s sensitivities to synthetic fragrances and the extent to which her condition is becoming prevalent in our society to a greater or lesser degree. Both the American Medical Association and the American Lung Association state that fragrances are triggers for asthma, an ailment epidemic in this country and a leading cause of missed school days for children.

There is a petition currently pending at the FDA (99P-1340), which would require enforcement of labelling laws requiring warnings on products incorporating inadequately tested chemical ingredients. This applies to the majority of synthetically fragranced products which contain hundreds of chemicals that do not have to be identified to the public as anything other than “fragrance” on product labels.. European countries have even banned a number of chemicals we hide for the profit of a few and the misery of many.

Please tell your readers that public ignorance of product ingredients is not “bliss” and can even disable susceptible persons. Support the FDA petition.

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