Benzamide, 3,5-dichloro-N-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-2-hydroxy-(3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide)

What is it?

  • Benzamide, 3,5-dichloro-N-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-2-hydroxy-, also known as3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide, is an industrial chemical compound.

How is it used?

  • 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide is an antimicrobial chemical.
  • 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide may be used to prevent the growth of bacteria in shampoos, surgical and laundry soaps, deodorants, polishes, cooling fluids and textile finishes.
  • 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide is not in commerce in Canada.

Why is the Government of Canada assessing it?

  • 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide was identified as a potential concern to the environment based on available information regarding possible persistence, accumulation and potential to cause harm to the environment.

What is the Government of Canada doing?

  • The evaluation showed that 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide can stay in the environment for a long time. It has the potential to build up in the bodies of animals or within the food chain and small amounts of 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide could harm animals or plants that live in the water.
  • However, the Government of Canada has reviewed information that indicates that 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide is not currently in commerce in Canada in significant quantities.
  • As a result of these low quantities, it is unlikely that 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide is entering the environment as a result of commercial manufacture or use in this country.
  • The Government of Canada is proposing that 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide does not cause harm to the environment.
  • If the proposed conclusion is confirmed in the final assessment, the Government is proposing that 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide be subject to a Significant New Activity notice or SNAc. This action would require anyone proposing to manufacture or bring 3,3',4',5-tetrachlorosalicylanilide into the country to provide information to the Government. Further ecological and human health assessment would them be done by the Government before considering whether to allow such activities.
  • The draft screening assessment was published on January 24, 2009 and will be followed by a 60-day public comment period, ending March 25, 2009.

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