Formaldehyde is used frequently in both cleaning and personal care products because it is a cheap preservative. The MSDS (Material Safety Date Sheet) which, by law, must be suplied to anyone who uses any chemical products in the workplace, warns that formaldehyde is a "Suspected carcinogen; May be fatal if swallowed or ABSORBED through skin; Causes burns; Inhalation can cause spasms, edema (fluid buildup) of the larynx and bronchi, and chemical pneumonitis; Extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane.
All of these symptoms and more are caused by formaldehyde. Yet manufacturers can put formaldehyde in shampoo and not list it as an ingredient! Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray, and many other personal care items.
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at 12:06 PM on Jun. 25, 2009