Home Body Cancer causing American laundry detergents banned in Europe

Cancer causing American laundry detergents banned in Europe

by Sean Martu

So you wonder why you went on that 2 to 4 week Mediterranean vacation, you lost weight, your celiac symptoms disappeared, and your chronic ailments disappeared.

Well my friends it’s not just the good ole’ American apple among the many American foods banned around the world. What do I mean by that? A regular non-organic American apple cannot be sold in Europe, because the FDA allows a cancer-causing pesticide(diphenylamine (DPA)) to be used in apple cultivation.

How about this, you’re wearing carcinogenic chemicals daily, and you’re doing it to yourself.

Famous brands such as Tide laundry detergent are banned in the European Union! Why because they contain a carcinogenic chemical called 1,4-Dioxane.

1,4-Dioxane use as an ingredient is banned in the European Union (EU) for cosmetics and personal care products

What is 1,4-Dioxane?

The FDA states that –

-1,4-Dioxane is a synthetic industrial chemical that is completely miscible
in water (EPA 2006).

-Synonyms include dioxane, dioxan, p-dioxane, diethylene dioxide,
diethylene oxide, diethylene ether and glycol ethylene ether
(EPA 2006; Mohr 2001).

-1,4-Dioxane is unstable at elevated temperatures and pressures and
may form explosive mixtures with prolonged exposure to light or air
(DHHS 2011; HSDB 2011).

-It is used in many products, including paint strippers, dyes, greases,
varnishes and waxes. 1,4-Dioxane is also found as an impurity in
antifreeze and aircraft deicing fluids and in some consumer products
(deodorants, shampoos and cosmetics) (ATSDR 2012; EPA 2006; Mohr
2001).

-It is relatively resistant to biodegradation in water
and soil and does not bioconcentrate in the food
chain (ATSDR 2012; Mohr 2001).

Harmful Health Effects of 1,4-Dioxane

The FDA states –

-Short-term exposure to high levels of 1,4­
dioxane may result in nausea, drowsiness,
headache, and irritation of the eyes, nose and
throat (ATSDR 2012; EPA 2013b; NIOSH 2010).

-Chronic exposure may result in dermatitis,
eczema, drying, and cracking of skin and liver
and kidney damage (ATSDR 2012; HSDB
2011).

-1,4-Dioxane is weakly genotoxic and
reproductive effects in humans are unknown;
however, a developmental study on rats
indicated that 1,4-dioxane may be slightly toxic
to the developing fetus (ATSDR 2012; Giavini
and others 1985).

-Animal studies showed increased incidences of
nasal cavity, liver, and gall bladder tumors after
exposure to 1,4-dioxane (DHHS 2011; EPA IRIS
2013).

-EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be
carcinogenic to humans” by all routes of
exposure (EPA IRIS 2013).

-The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services states that 1,4-dioxane is reasonably
anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on
sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from
studies in experimental animals (DHHS 2011).

-The American Conference of Governmental
Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has classified
1,4-dioxane as a Group A3 carcinogen —
confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown
relevance to humans (ACGIH 2011).

-The National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) considers 1,4-dioxane a
potential occupational carcinogen (NIOSH
2010).

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that 1,4-dioxane is possibly carcinogenic to humans.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers 1,4-dioxane as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.

The EPA has classified 1,4-Dioxane as a probable human carcinogen, and New York is one of the first states to ban consumer cleaning products that contain too much of it. According to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, “DEC prioritizes the health and well-being of New Yorkers and our environment, and the implementation of new laws for chemicals in everyday household products is part of our state’s ongoing commitment to protect communities…”

According to the NY Insider “NY State Bans Laundry Detergents Containing Probable Carcinogen. Dioxane-Free Brand Ingredients Matter Shares Results of Study

“To protect New Yorkers from forever chemicals and contaminants in the water supply, a new regulation recently went into effect, banning all laundry detergents that contain more than two parts per million (PPM) of a probable human carcinogen. The chemical byproduct, 1,4-Dioxane, is present in many popular laundry detergents. In recent tests, Arm & Hammer Clean Burst, Tide Original, Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Free & Clear, and Gain Original + Aroma Boost all contained more than 3 PPM of 1,4-Dioxane, over the NY State limit.Showing the power of the corporate lobby, The state of New York didn’t outright ban 1,4-Dioxane, but they reduced the legal amount that can be present in products.

The third-party study conducted by testing lab Bureau Veritas in the spring of 2022 detected 1,4-Dioxane in nearly all laundry detergents from conventional brands like Tide and All to plant-based brands like Mrs. Meyers. Only Seventh Generation Free & Clear and Ingredients Matter Laundry Soap tested negative for 1,4-Dioxane.

  • Arm & Hammer Clean Burst 4.28
  • Tide Original 3.67
  • Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Free & Clear 3.44
  • Gain Original + Aroma Boost 3.32
  • Mrs. Meyers Clean Day .4
  • Tide Free & Gentle .35
  • All Stainlifters Free & Clear .35
  • Tide PurClean Plant-Based .31
  • Method Laundry Detergent .18
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear 0
  • Ingredients Matter Laundry Soap 0

How can we reduce the risk of exposure to 1,4 dioxane?

1,4-Dioxane may be a contaminant in certain ingredients used in cosmetics, detergents, shampoos, and some pharmaceuticals. 1,4-Dioxane is not intentionally added, but may occur as an unintentional byproduct in some ingredients, that may be listed on the product label, including:

  • PEG
  • polyethylene
  • polyethylene glycol
  • polyoxyethylene
  • -eth
  • -oxynol

IMPORTANT:

1,4-Dioxane is a carcinogenic contaminant that is created as a byproduct of a chemical process called ethoxylation, which can be used to create detergents. Because 1,4-Dioxane is a byproduct and not an ingredient, it will not be listed if companies even choose to disclose their ingredients.

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