Coming Clean: Struggle over Label Fraud in Organic Body Care Products
The I-Team investigates non-food organic products being sold in stores.
Both "100% natural" and "Pure and Organic" sound great for the
consumer and safe for the environment but exactly what kind of products
have consumers been using?
"We literally are bathing ourselves in chemicals every day," said Adam Eidinger with the Organic Consumers Association.
Eidinger says he isvery skeptical of any products marketed as organic.
"The U.S. Government is not testing these products to make sure they're
pure, to make sure they actually are not contaminated."
The OCA lab-tested100 soaps and lotions. The results showed nearly half
of the items were contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical. Some
were contaminatedat very high levels.
"I was shocked that so many brands had the 1,4-dioxane in them," said Eidinger.
The1,4-dioxane is created when certain ingredients mix during
manufacturing. Studies havelinked high concentrations of the chemical
"We're talking about increasing your risk of cancer, and introducing a
toxic carcinogenic substance into the bloodstream," said Eidinger.
After doing its own tests, the California Attorney General's office
filed a lawsuit against Avalon Natural Products, Beaumont Products,
Nutribiotic, and Whole Foods Market.