A new Prop 65 notice has been issued for 1,4-Dioxane found in a variety of bath products including shower gel, body wash, hand soap, and shampoo. The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Prop 65 enables consumers to come forward with information about alleged violations.
1,4 Dioxane Found in Common Consumer Products; Known to Cause Cancer
Both individuals and agencies may identify that a product or group of products presents a risk and come forward to publish a violation notice.
Violators must be provided with notification about the potential compliance issues and given an opportunity to rectify the problem. A November 8th, 2017 1,4-Dioxane Prop 65 notice affects a number of different body wash, hand soap, shower gel and shampoo products, including some Selsun Blue products.
Common Exposure Routes for 1,4 Dioxane
Exposure to 1,4 Dioxane can also occur from contaminated drinking water, food, or air. When a person is exposed to high levels of this substance, they can experience kidney, liver, and nasal cavity damage. This clear liquid dissolves easily in the air and is used most often as a laboratory reagent. It can also be found in the makeup of some shampoos, detergents, and cosmetics. Many manufacturers strive to reduce levels of this agent as much as possible to minimize dangers to consumers.
Some academic studies have found that animals exposed to this substance face a higher risk of cancer, although research into this area is still underway. Although the number of studies into this are small, California has long recognized the dangers by listing 1,4 Dioxane as a chemical hazardous to human health under Prop 65.
According to the Prop 65 violation notice for 1,4-Dioxane, the methods of exposure for humans include inhalation, ingestion, absorption and dermal contact. Individuals use these products on their skin, scalp, and hair, exposing them to a high risk of serious problems.
The recent 1,4-Dioxane Prop 65 notice was used by the Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland. CEH intends to file a citizen enforcement lawsuit against every violator unless they agree on a written instrument to provide reasonable warnings, recall products already sold, and pay civil penalties.
Products Included in New Prop 65 1,4-Dioxane Notice
A broad range of different shampoos, body washes and shower gels are included in the Prop 65 violation notice for 1,4-Dioxane, including Salon Spa 2, Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo, Body Prescriptions 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo and conditioner, hemp seed products, Smart Sense, Body Essence tea tree oil, Avena Instituto Español shower gel, Vanart Urban Fusion and more.
1,4-Dioxane is currently on the Prop 65 notice and was added in 1988 because it is listed as a known carcinogen. If you believe that you know of a product that contains dangerous chemicals included on Prop 65 list in California, you may have grounds to provide a 60-day notice of violation to the companies responsible and to pursue further legal action dependent on your individual situation.
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