from NaturalNews Website
Since hair care products, cleaning
formulas and laundry detergents are all susceptible to containing
this toxic chemical byproduct, which is not listed on product
labels, David Steinman from the Green Patriot Working
began a study in 2007 to see which consumer products are the worst
offenders. This year, his organization along with the Organic
Consumers Association (OCA),
released the results of a portion of the study conducted last year
on laundry detergents.
As a result, consumers are largely unaware of its presence in major household products. For the study, Steinman evaluated 20 different laundry detergents from both conventional and "natural" brands.
Evoxa (a Canadian testing laboratory), an independent, third-party laboratory that is highly respected for its rigorous methods and high standards, conducted all product testing.
The results are as follows:
Of the products detected, P&G products came up the highest in 1,4-dioxane levels, as did most of the conventional brands.
Of the natural brands tested, only two were found to contain 1,4-dioxane, and in levels far below the average conventional brand. While not all available brands were tested, it is clear from the results that consumers need to be wary of most conventional brands.
They also must perform due diligence in
verifying that their "natural" brand of choice is truly free of
1,4-dioxane as well.
Average aggregate exposure to
1,4-dioxane is unknown since it is found in numerous consumer care
products. Because it is a known carcinogen that is implicated in
causing cancer, liver disease and other serious problems, it is
important to avoid it whenever possible.
Categories include dishwashing soap, hand soap, all-purpose soap, laundry detergents, household cleaners, body washes and shampoos, conditioners, facial cleansers, lotions, sunscreens and deodorants.