Dr. Bonner condones OCA attack over 1,4-Dioxane

By Simon Pitman

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Related tags: Cosmetics, Organic consumers association

Following on from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) attack on
cosmetic products marketed as organic but containing the
petrochemical by-product 1,4-Dioxane, top organic player Dr.
Bonner's applauds the action.

In a statement delivered jointly by Dr. Bonner's and the OCA, body care companies marketing products containing the chemical as 'organic' or 'organics' were asked to stop the practice. The official Cease and Desist letter accused the body care companies of acting in a way that misbranded their products because they are made from 'non-organic and / or petrochemical material, preserved with petrochemical preservatives'. Key organic players accused of being not so organic​ The statement went on to point the finger at Jason's Pure, Natural and Organic liquid soaps, bodywashes and shampoos, claiming that they are formulated with Sodium Myreth Sulfate, which produces the carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane contaminant. The OCA said it had found the contaminant in a number of popular brands including Jason Natural & Organic, as well as Kiss My Face and Nature's Gate Organic. The joint statement also highlighted that the major cleansing ingredient in Avalon 'Organics' soaps, bodywashes and shampoos contains the non-organic ingredient Cocamidiopropyl Betaine. This same ingredient is also found in Nature's Gate Kiss My Face range. Key players accused of using non-organic cleanser​ Likewise, the statement pointed out that Juice Organics, Giovanni Organic Cosmetics, Head Organics, Desert Essence Organics and Ikove Organic Amazonian Avocado Bath and Shower Gel all use Cocamidioproply Betaine and not an organic certified cleansers. Ronnie Cummins, executive director of OCA described current labeling and formulation practices for many organic personal care players as 'insupportable'. He went on to contrast the practices with those of Dr. Bonner's, highlighting the fact that the company's organic soaps contain cleansing ingredients made only from certified organic oils and no petrochemical preservatives. Debate goes on over presence of 1,4-Dioxane ​Regarding the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in organic cosmetics the OCA said it is a carcinogen that is also suspected of causing other serious health problems. Debate has also arisen over the appearance of 1,4-Dioxane in conventional cosmetics. However, the FDA claims that 1,4-dioxane levels observed in its monitoring of cosmetics do not present a hazard to consumers.

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