Remove The Contaminant 1,4-dioxane
This news comes from the Green Patriot Web site.
The group has been testing for petrochemical carcinogen 1,4-dioxane in personal care products for a couple of years now.
The Web site was created to track the progress.
(Founder David Steinman was not alone, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group have all focused on the issue).
At the Natural Products ExpoWest in March, Steinman announced Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Steinman have reached an agreement that will have P&G reformulate the top-selling Herbal Essences brand of shampoos and conditions to reduce levels of the contaminant.
Steinman revealed a letter from counsel for P & G, dated March 4, 2010.
“The company believes that each of its products, including each Herbal Essences branded products complies fully with California’s regulatory scheme,” writes attorney Carolyn Collins of the San Francisco law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Regardless, 18 products in all will be reformulated, some of which had tested at 24 ppm. Contaminant levels will be reduced to 10 ppm or lower to meet a California standard for contaminants.
The reformulation of 17 products will be completed by July 1, 2010 with a goal of completing the reformulation for all production no later than January 2011.
Steinman had promised to file a lawsuit against P & G if the reformulation didn’t take place. Similar lawsuits were filed against other manufacturers by the California AG office last June 2008.
What is 1,4-dioxane?
The chemical makes harsh cleaning ingredients mild. Petrochemical ethylene oxide, a carcinogen, generates 1.4-dioxane as a byproduct.
Under California’s proposition 65, the chemical is a suspected kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, and respiratory toxicant, according to the California EPA.
The problem is not limited to hair care products. Steinman and Ronnie Cummins, director of OCA, have tested more than 160 products for 1,4-dioxane. Since it is a contaminant you won’t find it listed on the product label. Of the 20 laundry detergents tested, Tide tops the list with 55 ppm.
To avoid 1,4-dioxane, the OCA urges consumers to search ingredient lists for indications of ethoxylation including: "myreth," "oleth," "laureth," "ceteareth," any other "eth," "PEG," "polyethylene," "polyethylene glycol," "polyoxyethylene," or "oxynol," in ingredient names.
Hello Kitty Bubble Bath for kids also had the highest concentration of 1,4-dioxane. See the list of other children’s personal care products at the Web site. #