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For Release: August 2, 2010
BANNED DETERGENTS STILL BEING SOLD IN 90% OF STORES
The law, enacted in February 2008, but not effective until July 1 this year, bans the sale and offering for sale of all household cleansers containing phosphorus (phosphates), and lifts the previous exemption for dishwasher detergents. Now, all dishwasher detergents for home use must be phosphate-free.
Consumer World scoured the shelves of 10 supermarkets, drugstores, and big box retailers on July 29 in the
“Stores had two and half years to prepare for the ban, but somehow couldn’t find the time to scrutinize their shelves to remove the now illegal products,” commented Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumer World.
Retailers found to be selling one or more varieties of banned dishwasher detergents included: Stop & Shop (Somerville), Rite Aid (Somerville), Walgreens (Somerville), Family Dollar (Somerville), Target (Somerville), Shaw’s (Somerville); Foodmaster (Charlestown), CVS (Charlestown), and Kmart (Somerville).
These stores had between one and three varieties of banned products on display, and between one and 24 packages of each type. The only store that did not have any dishwasher detergents containing phosphates on its shelves was the Market Basket in
Phosphorus was banned in cleaners because it promotes the growth of algae in freshwater lakes and ponds, and that in turn deprives fish of oxygen.
Phosphate Dishwasher Detergent Survey
July 29, 2010
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