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Testing finds high levels of illegal cancer-causing chemical in 100 different shampoos and soaps and personal care products that contain the carcinogen known as ‘cocamide DEA’ are required to warn consumers in state of California

Recently, an independent test by the Center for Environmental Health revealed that 98 different shampoos, soaps and personal care products sold by big retailers such as WalMart, Target, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, Kohl’s, and Babies R Us contain cancer-causing chemicals that violates the California Law.

One of the chemicals is a known carcinogen called cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) that’s driven chemically from coconut oil and is used as a foaming agent or thickener in many personal care products. In 2012, the State of California listed DEA as a known carcinogen and required warning label for consumer products that contained cancer-causing DEA. 

However, the recent test by Center for Environmental Health showed that shampoos made by Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, Colomer and many others have high levels of DEA in them. Surprisingly, the products that were falsely labeled as organic and marketed to children were also found to have DEA in them. One of these products, falsely labeled as organic was sold by Africa’s Best and the test showed high levels of DEA in Africa’s Best products.

organic-baby-shampoo-washAlso, the shampoos and conditioners sold for children in Babies R Us and bubble bath sold for kids in Kmart were found to have high levels of DEA in them.

The four companies who sold cocamide DEA in their products are now under lawsuit by Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and CEH has sent legal notices to more than 100 other corporations who sell or produce DEA-based personal care products in violation of California law.  

Why these predaor companies cannot find other ways to replace these toxic chemicals with natural herbs or essential oils?

The only reason that people are willing to spend more money and buy organic is to protect themselves and their families from cancer-causing chemicals like DEA. Also, according to consumer protection laws in California, the products that contain DEA are required to have a clear label that indicates the cancer-causing chemical. The test performed by Center for Environmental Health was a year after DEA was banned and listed as a known carcinogen by the State of California.

One would wonder why these predatorial companies cannot find other ways to replace these toxic chemicals with natural herbs or essential oils that have been proven safe for centuries. Or maybe, the almighty money and profit is number one priority of the American corporations that neglect the existing laws and bribe the members of US Congress not to pass additional laws to protect consumers from these known carcinogens banned in most European countries.

Besides the blame for politicians and these greedy corporations, the customers are also to blame since they passively accept these companies’ toxic products harmful to themselves and their families.   

Throughout Europe, women, especially mothers, will get angry and react to such behavior by corporations if they dare to poison their consumers and label a product as organic when it contains a cancer-causing chemical that’s outlawed by their law.  

However, in the United States we try to sue these corporations (if we could), but as we all know the lawsuits in America are not about the law, but who has more money and time to manipulate and bribe the current legal system

"I don't think anybody wants to add one more thing to the list of cancer-causing chemicals that we're exposed to," said Caroline Cox, the Center for Environmental Health's research director. "There's lots of ways to make shampoo without it. This is one we don't really need."

According to ceh.org, “the tests showed that in many cases, personal care products contained more than 10,000 ppm cocamide DEA, and one shampoo tested at more than 200,000 ppm (20%) cocamide DEA.

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,” said Michael Green, Executive Director of CEH. “We expect companies to take swift action to end this unnecessary risk to our children’s and families’ health.”

Here are the following test results published by the Center for Environmental Health. Click here to Find out if your favorite shampoo is there.  





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