US detergent maker Procter & Gamble removing phthalate from products

18 September 2013 18:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US and global detergent manufacturer Procter & Gamble (P&G) is in the process of removing a certain phthalate from its consumer products, according to an American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS) brief released on Wednesday.

The AOCS release pointed out that P&G announced that it is 70% along the way in its goal to remove diethyl phthalate (DEP) from its product lines.

DEP is one of a class of chemicals known as phthalates that are among a number of chemicals that have raised concerns by health advocates because of some formulation linkages to various health-related problems.

The AOCS said that P&G is also eliminating the use of triclosan, an antibacterial agent raising concerns ranging from the build-up of antibiotic resistance to changes in the oceans' ecosystems.

P&G is a major global producer of fatty alcohols, key ingredients in most detergents and other surfactants.

The company is widely recognized as a primary global manufacturer of consumer products, ranging from Cascade dish detergents to Cover Girl cosmetics.

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