California EPA’s office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has extended the comment period on its notice of intent to list beta-myrcene as known to the state to cause cancer under the safe Drinking Water and toxic enforcement act of 1986 (prop. 65). OEHHA took the action at the request of several trade organizations, including the international Fragrance association. the new comment deadline is march 24, 2014.

OEHHa has proposed adding beta-myrcene—a natural food-plant constituent used as a fragrance in cosmetics, soaps and detergents—to the prop. 65 list under the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. according to the agency, the national toxicology program and several other institutions have concluded that the chemical causes kidney cancer in male rats and liver cancer in male mice. See OEHHA News Release, march 4, 2014.