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CCFE releases Independent Test Results in a report funded by LICF

For immediate release: Monday,July 9, 2018

For more information contact:  Adrienne Esposito,Executive Director 516-390-7150, 631.384.1378 (mobile),

CCE Releases Independent Test Results for 30 Common Consumer Products for 1, 4 Dioxane

76% of Products Tested Contain 1,4 Dioxane 

Farmingdale, NY—CCE releases report, “Shopping Safe: The 2018 Consumer Shopping Guide: Protecting your Household from 1, 4 Dioxane Exposure.” The report documents levels of 1,4 Dioxane in an array of everyday common personal care products, including baby products, shampoos, body washes, and laundry detergents. CCE hired a NYS certified laboratory to conduct independent testing. This is the first independent testing conducted in over 10 years.

76% of all products tested contained detectable levels of 1, 4 Dioxane. 1, 4 Dioxane is identified by the EPA as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure”. 1, 4 Dioxane is not required to be listed as an ingredient on packaging, making it hard for consumers to choose products that do not contain the chemical. The EPA has a Cancer Risk guideline level of .35ppb for drinking water, but it is not enforceable.

“1,4 Dioxane is secretly lurking in our everyday products, causing unwanted and unnecessary exposure to our families and contamination to our drinking and coastal waters. The 1,4 dioxane in these products can expose us in several ways including contact with our skin, inhalation when using products in our shower and when products are washed down the drain, 1,4 Dioxane is contaminating our drinking and surface waters. The report reveals Victoria’s Secret, but this is one she doesn’t want you to know – there are high levels of 1,4 Dioxane is her bath products. Victoria Secrets is a company that seeks to empower women, but filling our bath tubs with a dangerous carcinogen isn’t empowering us. Cancer isn’t sexy. Manufacturers need to immediately take steps to remove 1,4 Dioxane before products hit the shelves,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Long Island has been a hot spot for 1,4 Dioxane contamination in drinking water. Last year, CCE released a report that documented the highest levels of 1,4 Dioxane found in drinking water. Thirty-nine water districts on Long Island, which represents 75% of the population served, has maximum detections above the EPA guideline of .35ppb. NYS set up a taskforce to create a drinking water standard. The taskforce has met, but no standard has been recommended. This new report demonstrates how everyday products are contributing to the 1,4 Dioxane contamination.

“These products are all designed to be washed down the drain. Our sewage treatment plants, septics, and cesspools are not designed to remove this toxic. This is a threat to drinking water and a potential threat to public health. We hope members of the public use this new information to guide shopping habits and to demand change from the industry. Carcinogenic chemicals should not be in our bath products, shampoos, baby products and laundry soap. We deserve better,” stated Esposito.

Recommended actions in the report include:

• The FDA should require manufactures remove 1,4 Dioxane from their products
• States can pass legislation banning this chemical from products
• NYS needs to set a health based drinking water standard for 1,4 Dioxane
• Consumers should stop buying products with carcinogens.

“Protecting Long Island’s aquifer from 1, 4-dioxane requires both the removal of existing and the prevention of new contamination,” says David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation. “We are proud to have funded this important report. This effort spearheaded by Citizens Campaign for the Environment is a major step toward empowering the public to take action to safeguard their health and that of our regions sole source aquifer.”

For the full report visit:

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