Why baby products are safer than Pears!
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has again published a report that does nothing for science, the cosmetics industry and the sanity of new parents. The report “No More Toxic Tub” EXPOSES baby products that contain two carcinogens 1,4 – dioxane and Formaldehyde. This sounds great you may think, after all who wants to leave their beautiful bundle of joy open to cancer causing chemicals at such a tender age? Well, it would be fine if it was based on science. However, this as with most of the CSC studies is based on alarmist journalism.
Yes some products that are made for babies may contain trace amounts of both of these ingredients. The formaldehyde and the dioxane will not be present because somebody put them there, they are there incidentally as the bi-product of chemical breakdown or as a hang over from the ingredients manufacturing process. Both chemicals are monitored and controlled by the cosmetics industry and both are kept to levels well below that which would cause concern.
I could go on all day but I think that this article by Trevor Butterworth from consumeraffairs.com says it all in an informative and easy to understand way.
It is hard to know who to trust and groups like the Campain for Safe Cosmetics do make you feel all warm and fuzzy for a start as they are not part of “THE INDUSTRY” . Why would they want to spin you a yarn? Well, they have an agenda as does everyone and while there is nothing wrong with that per se, there is a lot wrong with preying on the publics insecurities and lack of scientific understanding.
I would love to know what your thoughts are on this type of study – are they (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics) keeping the industry in check or are they out of order?
And the link to Pears – well many vegetables also contain formaldehyde. Should we ban these toxic nasties too – Pears, onions, dried mushrooms, apple and some meat!