Baby shampoo cancer allegations ‘false’

The use of quaternium-15 and 1,4-dioxane in personal care products is safe and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ allegations are false, says the Personal Care Products Council.

Click for the PCPC statement.

Click for the CFSC attack.

Click for JunkScience.com’s takedown of CFSC.

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2 responses to “Baby shampoo cancer allegations ‘false’

  1. There are far too many details ‘glossed over’ in the claims about alleged carcinogens. What is the mechanism for formaldehyde (CH2O) release? How does the CH2O allegedly released by the shampoo’s interaction with bacteria enter the human body (rather than the bacteria)? How much CH2O typically enters the body per application of a portion of shampoo to the *non-living* cells of the hair and skin? (This would be an easily performed measurement.) How effective is CH2O as a mutagen at these levels? Finally, how does this compare to the mutagenicity of the background of radioactive carbon-14 (about 1 part-per-billion of the carbon that makes up about 40% of the mass of food – about 1 kilogram) that we all consume daily?

    For rough argument’s sake, let’s assume that we might accidentally ingest about 1 milligram of shampoo in each drop of foam we swallow while we shampoo our hair. That’s about a million times smaller than the pile of radioactive food we eat daily.
    Shampoo tastes TERRIBLE! Nobody would willingly swallow a second drop of it. Even children have the intelligence to spit when they get it in their mouths. Do the CFSC members have that much mental alacrity?

  2. chuck in st paul

    It’s truly disgusting to ponder on the huge mass of sheeple so easily sent bleating about the yard at the slightest hint of danger, whether or not any actually exists. Without these idiots coughing up millions to save them from over-hyped and mostly imaginary dangers, clown posses like the cited organization would not be able to exist.

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