Sodium Laureth Sulfate in Soap Products (Cancer causing chemical)
Independent laboratory test tested 48 products, including baby shampoos, bubble baths, baby lotions, for 1,4-dioxane (dioxin). Measurable level of chemicals showed up in 67 percent of samples. Even top products, such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath, contained both chemicals.
None of the tested products listed formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane as ingredients in their packaging, because they are not subject to FDA labeling laws. However, common ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyethylene and Ceteareth-20 . All these chemicals may produce the toxic chemicals causing cancer since they are processed with the carcinogen called “Ethylene Oxide”.
Also, certain chemical preservatives, such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidinyl urea, release formaldehyde over time in product containers.
Unlike many other countries, there are no laws that limit formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane or other toxic chemicals in personal care products (soaps, cosmetics, shampoos) sold in the United States, even though safer alternatives exist; in the United States, FDA does not regulate these chemicals, that are linked to cancer, birth defects, and adverse health effects.
The problems with these products are that these products (soap products) are used every day, so consumers get frequent and repeated exposure to these low levels of chemicals.
Many chemical-free alternatives and consumers are advised to choose ones that are less toxic.
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