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Follow-Up Tests of Leading Personal Care and Household Cleaning Brands Reveal Significant Improvements in Levels of Carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane
Date:2/27/2009

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BACKGROUND

Ethoxylation, a cheap shortcut companies use to provide mildness to harsh cleaning ingredients, requires the use of the cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide, which generates 1,4-dioxane as a byproduct. 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer" under proposition 65, and has no place in "natural" or "organic" branded personal care products. 1,4-dioxane is also suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, among others, according to the California EPA, and is a significant groundwater contaminant. While previous studies have revealed the presence of 1,4-dioxane in "natural" and conventional products, this latest study shows the toxin is being significantly reduced as brands reformulate.

Further Resources

OCA Facts about 1,4-dioxane: www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/DioxaneFacts080314.pdf

2008 Press Release and Results: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/DioxaneRelease08.cfm

Lawsuits from the CA Attorney General's office: www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_12797.cfm

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: http://safecosmetics.live.radicaldesigns.org/article.php?id=221

Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org/chemindex/chemicals/23481


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