Russian authorities have started removing foreign brands of detergent and washing powder from their stores .
The country’s watchdog claims that the products pose health risks due to high levels of toxins.
Yahoo news reports: The Russian Consumer Protection Agency said in a statement Tuesday that recent inspections of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients in them.
Moscow extended its ban earlier this month on selected food imports from the 28-nation European Union and other countries. Russia, however, has not banned the imports of detergents or washing liquids, and most of the producers mentioned by the agency have production facilities in Russia.
In comment sent to The Associated Press, Procter & and Gamble said “we are committed to ensuring that our products are safe to use and meet or exceed regulations where they are marketed. We believe our products are in compliance with the regulations in Russia and are seeking to work with the (agency) to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”
Russia may not be overreacting by taking this stance. While most people tend to overlook the hazards in cleaning products, laundry detergents for example, does usually contain chemicals that are dangerous to the health and irritating to the skin. The same toxic chemicals that are used in perfumes and colognes are also used in laundry detergents and softeners….some are even linked to cancer.