California's attorney general has filed suit against four manufacturers, including Whole Foods Market Inc., accusing them of failing to label soap products that contain a potentially cancer-causing chemical.
The suit, filed by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in Alameda County Superior Court late last month, didn't name the specific body washes, gels and liquid dish soaps that allegedly contain 1,4-dioxane. Under Proposition 65, companies must label products that contain chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.
The four companies are Whole Foods, Avalon Natural Products, Beaumont Products Inc. and NutriBiotic.
"We've been talking with all four of them and we're hoping that the end result of this is an effort to reformulate to get the dioxane out of the product," Deputy Atty. Gen. Susan Fiering said Tuesday. "We think that would be the best possible result for everyone."
Eighteen other companies were also warned that some of their products contained the chemical, Fiering said. She added that consumers shouldn't become too alarmed.