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Cleaning Formulation- EPA Safer Choice

The EPA developed the “Safer Choice” program to help consumers and businesses find products that are safer for you and the environment. Products with the “Safer Choice” label help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. The Safer Choice program was formerly known as DfE (Designed for the Environment).

When you see a product with the Safer Choice label, it means that every ingredient in the product has been reviewed by EPA scientists. Only products that meet the Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human health and environmental criteria, are allowed to carry the label.

Sodium bisulfate has been reviewed by the Safer Choice program and is listed under “Antimicrobials” and “Processing Aids and Additives”. It has been verified to be of low concern based on experimental and modeled data. See following link for listings.

The Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) is a list of chemical ingredients, arranged by functional-use class, which the Safer Choice Program has evaluated and determined to be safer than traditional chemical ingredients. This list is designed to help manufacturers find safer chemical alternatives that meet the criteria of the Safer Choice Program.

Before Safer Choice decides to include a chemical on the SCIL, a third-party profiler (i.e., NSF, International or ToxServices) gathers hazard information from a broad set of resources, including the identification and evaluation of all available toxicological and environmental fate data. The third party profiler submits a report to Safer Choice, with a recommendation on whether the chemical passes the Criteria for Safer Chemical Ingredients. Safer Choice staff performs due diligence by reviewing the submission for completeness, consistency, and compliance with the Safer Choice Criteria. If more than one third-party has evaluated the chemical, Safer Choice also checks for differences in the profiles and resolves any conflicts. In some cases, Safer Choice may also perform additional literature reviews and consider data from confidential sources, such as EPA's New Chemicals Program. Safer Choice does not typically examine primary literature (original studies) as part of its review and listing decisions.


This information is directly from the EPA Safer Choice website.