- 10 more companies recall soaps, shampoos and facial products
TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan’s recall of soaps, shampoos and skin creams that contain a wheat extract foaming agent has been expanded to 10 more companies.
The ingredient, which causes severe gluten allergic reactions, was initially found in Yuka Cosmetics’ soap, Cha no Shizuku (Drop of Green Tea), and this set off a recall of 34 different products totaling four million items.
The 10 companies are voluntarily carrying out this recall but given the pressure from consumer groups, they had no choice.
“It’s up to the manufacturers to ensure their personal care products are safe,” wrote Julie Gabriel, a former beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar, in her book, Green Beauty.
This is true in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. However, the European Union and the United States both publish lists of banned chemicals in cosmetics, while Japan only issues a list of permitted substances. This leaves it up to the Japanese manufacturers to anticipate potential problems.
As of Oct. 17, 471 women had sought medical treatment because of severe allergic reactions to the ingredients in Cha no Shizuku soap.
It is not yet known why the wheat extract foaming agent caused the gluten allergic reaction.
Oh, they don't know why "wheat extract" caused the allergic reactions, but they know for certain that the extract is the cause?
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