Lawsuit Alleges Hair and Bath Products Contain Cancer-Causing Chemical

By on September 16, 2013

Paul Mitchell, Colgate Palmolive and personal product manufacturers were accused of producing and distributing shampoos containing a carcinogenic product, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), according to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in California Superior Court in Alameda County. 

CEH reported findings of cocamide DEA in almost 100 shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products sold by major national retailers.  In 2012, cocamide DEA was listed by California as a known carcinogen after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published its review of the chemical’s safety. 

“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.” 

CEH also discovered that cocamide DEA was present in store-brand products purchased at Babies R Us, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, and Kohl’s.  

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