Procter & Gamble refuses to remove known carcinogens from its products
Procter & Gamble, the largest personal care product company in the world, is spending millions during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to promote products that are packed with cancer-causing chemicals.
Major P&G brands such as Tide, Pantene, Herbal Essence, and CoverGirl are full of carcinogens and are sold to customers without so much as a warning on the label.1 This month, while the spotlight is on breast cancer, we can highlight P&G's role in contributing to it and other cancers.
It’s time for Procter & Gamble to make a real commitment to protecting its customers’ health.
Dozens of potentially dangerous chemicals can be found across the spectrum of P&G products. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), recognized as a carcinogen by the state of California, is one such chemical used worldwide. The US National Institutes of Health reports that BHA is "reasonably anticipated" to be a human carcinogen. By putting chemicals linked to cancer in P&G products, the corporation is running a dangerous experiment on human health.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has reviewed the scientific literature on carcinogens and found cancer-causing chemicals in Procter & Gamble products including shampoos, lotions, cosmetics, and hair dyes. The CSC cross-referenced this research with authoritative bodies, including the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP).
Many of the chemicals P&G uses are banned in various places around the world. There is no reason for Procter & Gamble to put cancer-causing chemicals in its personal beauty products when safer alternatives exist.
P&G has enormous influence over the market -- when Procter and Gamble makes a move on a carcinogen, the rest of the industry moves with it. P&G’s month-long promotion of breast cancer awareness gives us an incredible opportunity to make real change. P&G plasters its products in pink to try to convince consumers that it cares about their health, and is committed to fighting a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.
If we can expose P&G’s hypocrisy, we can pressure P&G into cleaning up its act for good.
Thanks for everything you do.
- “Tell Procter & Gamble to Make Cosmetics Without Cancer,” The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Oct 1, 2014