Independent Research Finds Cancer Causing Chemical in 98 Personal Care Products
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a lawsuit against four companies and issued legal notices to more than 100 other companies after independent testing revealed that 98 personal care products contained the known carcinogen cocomide diethanoloamine (cocomide DEA).
What is Cocomide DEA?
Following information was provided by the Cancer Prevention Coalition.
- Cocomide DEA, a modified form of coconut oil, is often used as a wetting agent in cosmetic products like lotions, shampoos, and creams.
- While not harmful by itself, cocomide DEA can react with other cosmetic ingredients resulting in an “extremely potent” carcinogen known as nitrosodiethanolmine (NDEA).
- The National Toxicology Program has tested NDEA on 44 different species and all have been found susceptible to cancer caused by the chemical.
- The FDA found in 1992 that 8 of 12 products contained NDEA despite a 1979 order than manufacturers eliminate the carcinogen from their products.
CEH Study Find Carcinogen in Common Personal Care Products
“Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.” – Executive Director of the Centers of Environment Health Michael Green
- Recent research released by the CEH found that carcinogen cocomide DEA has been found in 98 shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products.
- The products tested were purchased from major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Khol’s, Walgreens, and Sears.
- A children’s shampoo and conditioner from Babies R Us was also found to carry the cancer causing chemical.
- The CEH has begun to pursue legal action in California as none of the products found to carry cocomide DEA were marked with a state required warning label.
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