A new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are nearly 2,000 products containing detergent and other detergent products on the market that have been linked to the growth of a rare rash in children and adults.
The agency’s new report, published Friday, details the products tested by the FDA in 2017, including two products containing dioxin.
That’s a highly toxic chemical that has been linked in the past to cancers, birth defects and other health problems.
“It’s hard to tell at this point whether the products are safe,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told reporters.
“The question is how much risk is there for a small percentage of children and young people?
We don’t have the answer right now. “
We don’t know the answer.
We don’t have the answer right now.
And it’s a good question.”
The report says dioxins can be found in the urine of children under age 4 and in other bodily fluids of children.
The agency says the products should be avoided for children who are younger than 4 and should be used only by people at highest risk of exposure.
“This report is a warning to parents that products on our shelves and in our stores that may contain dioxinated dioxanil in their products, and potentially other dioxic substances, pose a significant risk to children,” said FDA commissioner Scott Gottliw, who chaired the commission’s subcommittee on food safety.
Gottlieb said he would work to increase transparency in the industry.
He said the FDA is reviewing the results of its own investigation into the products.
“We are taking this report very seriously,” GottlieB said.
“If the results are in our favor, I believe that we will take immediate action.”
The FDA said it is reviewing whether to recommend banning or requiring labels on some of the products that the agency tested.
It also said it has taken action to reduce dioxine contamination of foods, beverages and cosmetics in the last year, including the labeling of dioxonizing chemicals and their effects on humans.