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Kroger Sells Toxic Shampoo, Activist Says

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - Kroger makes and sells a toxic dandruff shampoo with an ingredient known to cause cancer, an environmental activist claims in Alameda County Court.

Consumer advocate David Steinman, author of "Living Healthy in a Toxic World" and "Diet for a Poisoned Planet," says Kroger violated California's Proposition 65 by selling a generic dandruff shampoo containing 1,4-dioxane, which the Environmental Protection Agency has classified as a "probable human carcinogen."

The 1986 state law requires companies to clearly label products containing chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive harm.

"Defendant has failed to provide consumers of Kroger Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo with a clear and reasonable warning that they are being exposed to a chemical known ... to cause cancer," Steinman claims.

He demands an order barring Kroger from exposing consumers to 1,4-dioxane without proper warnings, and a ruling declaring the company in violation of Prop 65.

His attorney is Michael Freund.

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