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Council Responds to Chemical Concern Surrounding Baby Product Chemicals

Posted: March 18, 2009

The Personal Care Products Council has issued a statement regarding the presence of 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde in baby products.

The council considered the two chemicals "trace" or extremely low in personal care products. In addition, it found that the percentages are below established regulatory limits or safety thresholds and are not a cause for health concern.

The council's statement is a response to a report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that baby products were contaminated with harmful levels of carcinogenic chemicals.

 "The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an independent panel of scientific and medical experts who assess the safety of ingredients used in U.S. cosmetic and personal care products, and other authoritative bodies throughout the world have long been aware of the potential presence of 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde in personal care products and found them to be safe when present at low levels," said John Bailey, PhD, chief scientist for the council in the statement.

The council reported that 1,4 dioxane is a byproduct that can form in trace or minuscule amounts during the manufacturing process for ingredients that help to ensure mildness of some personal care products such as shampoo and bubble bath. The presence of 1,4 dioxane can be controlled and minimized, and raw material manufacturers routinely take necessary steps to reduce its presence to the lowest feasible levels.