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Now back on topic. i thought you could still but coal tar soap? that orangey coloured bar that smells so nice. is not not the "real" thing now?
Following settlement of a lawsuit in California that pitted the state against coal tar product manufacturers, most companies that make coal tar products will place the following statement on their products: "Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer."The lawsuit was filed under California's Proposition 65, a state law passed by voters in 1986 requiring products that contain certain chemicals to include the cancer warning. While the law affects only products in California, most manufacturers are implementing the change nationwide.Affected companies and their products (in parentheses) are: Alva-Amco (Psoriasin Gel); Baker Cummins (X-Seb T Plus Shampoo and X-Seb T Shampoo); Healthpoint (Ionil T Plus Shampoo and Ionil T Shampoo); Neutrogena (T/Gel Extra Strength Shampoo); Stiefel (Polytar Shampoo and Polytar Soap); Summers (Cutar Bath Oil Liquid Emulsion); and Triton (MG 217 Lotion, Ointment and Soap).So far, no companies have decided to pull their products from the market nationwide. However, at least one company, Dermik, makers of Zetar (coal tar 1%), has decided to stop selling its products in California. The company must obtain written agreements from its wholesalers not to distribute Zetar in California.Reedco, the manufacturer of Tegrin shampoo, is currently negotiating a settlement that would require it to reduce the concentration of coal tar in the product from 1.1% to 0.5%. Jose Allen, Reedco's lawyer, said the company is choosing that option rather than placing the warning on the product because the warning is "alarmist
The soap is now made by Accantia and is called Wright’s Traditional Soap. As European Union directives on cosmetics have banned the use of coal-tar in non-prescription products, the coal tar derivates have been removed from the formula, leaving the soap somewhat like of a shadow of its former self.