Email forward warns that Mr Clean Magic Erasers contain formaldehyde and can pose significant health risks to users.
IF YOU ARE USING MR. CLEAN MAGIC ERASERS….STOP!HI EVERYONE,
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT I AM A HUGE FAN OF MAGIC ERASERS…..HOWEVER, I HAVE A FRIEND THAT TOOK ENGINEERING IN SCHOOL AND HE NOW WORKS FOR A HUGE COMPANY IN HALIFAX AND THEY GET THE HEADS UP ABOUT PRODUCTS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. WELL HE CALLED ME LAST NIGHT AND SAID THAT I HAVE TO STOP USING THE MAGIC ERASERS AND THAT THEY ARE SLOWLY BEING BANNED FROM ALL STORES BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN THE INGREDIENT FORMALDEHYDE. YES THE CHEMICAL THEY USE TO PRESERVE DEAD PEOPLE. IT IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS TO YOUNG CHILDREN AND CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOURSELF, SO PLEASE IF YOU ARE USING THEM, THROW THEM AWAY, DON’T BUY THEM ANYMORE AND PLEASE SEND THIS ON TO ANYONE WHOM YOU THINK MIGHT USE THEM, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. THANKS
PS- SORRY FOR THE BAD NEWS, I WAS DISAPPOINTED TOO!
This emailed warning claims that Mr Clean Magic Erasers contain formaldehyde and are potentially dangerous to users, especially children. However, the claims in the warning message are unfounded and they have been denied by Procter & Gamble, the company that markets the product. Mr Clean Magic Erasers are sponge cleaners that are suitable for a range of household cleaning jobs.
The rumour may have derived from a misinterpretation of the chemical name of an ingredient in the product. According to information about the rumour on Procter & Gamble’s “Mr. Clean” website:
Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient in Magic Eraser. One ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks. (Think of this name like “sodium chloride”, which is table salt. Sodium by itself can be dangerous, but sodium chloride – salt – is safe.).
Trace amounts of formaldehyde may be present in the product as a result of the manufacturing process. However, according to Procter & Gamble, “the amount present is significantly lower than standards established by governmental agencies and trade associations, and is actually less than what is found in indoor air“.
The message claims that Mr Clean Magic Erasers are “slowly being banned from all stores”. However, research reveals that there is no legitimate information pertaining to a recall of the product. If Magic Erasers really did contain formaldehyde or another dangerous product and were being recalled, information about the recall would be available via official sources and news media. Genuine warnings to consumers about potentially dangerous products tend to be well publicized, and they certainly do not rely solely on the random distribution of a vague and poorly written email forward (especially one amateurishly rendered in all capital letters).
Thus the “warning” has no foundation in fact and it should not be forwarded.
Last updated: 21st July 2006
First published: 21st July 2006
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!