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Kimberly-Clark sued over concern that Huggies baby wipes contain dangerous chemical

Do baby wipes marketed as “natural” and “gentle” actually contain a dangerous chemical that can cause vomiting and diarrhea? That question is at the heart of a new class action lawsuit brought against Huggies’ parent company Kimberly-Clark. A mother in San Diego, California claims that she purchased a package of Clutch n’ Clean wipes in the fall of 2016. The wipes are “labeled as a 'natural,' 'clean', and 'hypoallergenic,' but [Brittany] Sebastian found that the product contains phenoxyethanol, among other synthetic ingredients.” Phenoxyethanol is used to keep products fresh and can be found in everything from cosmetics to medications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified phenoxyethanol as a chemical that can “depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea' in infants.” Phenoxyethanol isn’t the only chemical found in the “natural” baby wipes. Huggies Natural Care baby wipes also contain “artificial ingreidents caprylyl glycol, cocamidopropyl betaine, and sodium citrate.” The lawsuit claims that the product deceives consumers by marketing their product as “natura”, even go so far as to include images of leaves on the packing. Kimberly-Clark is denying any wrongdoing telling CBS that their products are “rigorously evaluated for safety”. Furthermore, according to Kimberly-Clark the lawsuit “does not allege a single safety event or evidence of any injury to a consumer, and… the claims are without merit.” It will certainly be interesting to see what comes of this lawsuit. At the very least this should be a reminder that reading ingredients and labels in much more important than simply looking at the way a product is packaged.

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