Turpentine and turpentine oil

Learn about turpentine and turpentine oil.

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About turpentine and turpentine oil

Turpentine and turpentine oil come from evergreen trees.

They may be used to flavour foods. They are also found in natural health products, cosmetics, paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and automotive products.

These include:

Safety of turpentine and turpentine oil

Under Canada's Chemicals Management Plan, we review and manage the potential risks that chemical substances can pose to Canadians and the environment. The first stage of the review process is a draft chemical risk assessment.

We have completed the draft assessment of turpentine and turpentine. We are proposing that certain exposures to turpentine and turpentine oil may affect the liver and kidney. They include:

We are also proposing that:

What we're doing

Our assessment is not yet final. We are continuing to evaluate the potential risk posed by turpentine and turpentine oil before we publish our final conclusion. This includes:

Currently, there are restrictions on the use of:

If the proposed health effects are confirmed in the final assessment, we will consider:

What you can do

Consumers are reminded to:

If you are exposed to turpentine or turpentine oil at work, talk to your employer and occupational health and safety (OHS) official about:

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