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The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that California's Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed suit against four companies, including Whole Foods Market Inc., accusing them of failing to label soap products that contain a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

According to the story, the suit “didn't name the specific body washes, gels and liquid dish soaps that allegedly contain 1,4-dioxane. Under Proposition 65, companies must label products that contain chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.”

The Attorney General’s office said that the goal of the suit is to get the companies to reformulate the products so that they are free of dioxane.

Libba Letton, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods, responded: "We have conducted our own investigation into the allegations that some of our products contain 1,4-dioxane and do not believe these products represent a health risk or are in excess of California's Proposition 65 safe harbor level for 1,4-dioxane. We're cooperating with the attorney general's office to resolve the claims as quickly as possible.”

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