A popular household liquid dishwasher detergent that contains a toxic chemical called 2,3-pentanedione is being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration, the latest in a string of recalls over the past several years.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it’s aware of reports of the chemical being found in the products of two companies, but has no reports of other cases in its database.
The agency says it has been working with the companies and regulators to identify the toxic ingredients.2,3 pentanedione, also known as 2,4-pentan-2-one, was originally developed by Pfizer and is a chemical used in food packaging and food preparation, according to the FDA.2-pentanolone, also called 2-pentylene-3-one or 2-2, is an industrial chemical used to make plastics.
It’s used in some food packaging, including in baby food and other packaged foods.2Pentanedione has been linked to birth defects and neurological disorders.
Its use has been banned in the United States and other countries since 1998, but it’s still being sold as a food additive.2In 2017, it was also found to be a toxic byproduct of a process for making plastics that’s used to produce the plastic that’s in many products like pacifiers and baby bottles.
The EPA banned its use in infant formula, but that ban was later overturned in 2018.
In 2019, a California woman died after she developed kidney and lung problems after ingesting a bottle of the product.2 and 3 pentanedionate is used as a cleaning agent in the manufacturing of plastic, which is a critical component of most products like infant pacifiers, baby bottles and other infant products.2 pentanediolone, the chemical in 2,5-pentane, is also a critical ingredient in some plastics used in pacifiers.2and 3 pentan-3, also found in some household detergents, is a toxic compound found in plastics that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been studying the chemical for more than a decade.
It has been used in many consumer products including detergences and soaps, including baby bottles, pacifiers in many cases, and so-called child-safe baby bottles that are also sold as baby food.
The FDA said in 2017 it was aware of at least eight deaths linked to 2,7-penten-3dinitrophenol, which the FDA has classified as a neurotoxic chemical, because of 2,9-penteno-pentanoate, a chemical found in pacifier lubes.
The agency said in 2018 that a study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that there was a correlation between the two chemicals and that the chemical could cause liver damage and heart disease in laboratory animals.
The FDA said that after reviewing the safety data, the agency decided to recall the products because of concerns that the products could be contaminated with the 2,8-pentene-1,3,6-pentone-3Dinitrophene, a neurotoxin.2pentanone is found in many household detergent products including dishwashing soap, detergent soap and baby formula.