The world’s most-expensive shampoo is made in the US by a multinational company with an anti-doping agency, according to a Bloomberg investigation.
The world’s biggest producer of shampoo, Bayer AG, uses a complex process to make its products, including the popular “super premium” brand, according a Reuters review of regulatory filings and other documents.
The process uses highly modified chemicals to make a high-value substance, called an alkoxy acid, which is highly toxic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned use of the alkoxy acids in 2015.
But Bayer has lobbied to continue using them as a supplement to other products, according of documents reviewed by Bloomberg.
The company has lobbied the FDA on issues including:Bayer’s lobbying activities are closely watched by regulators in the United States and Europe, where regulators are investigating Bayer’s marketing practices.
Bayer’s lobbying on behalf of its alkoxy products has been ongoing since at least 2010, according the filings.
The company did not respond to requests for comment.
The US FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Bayer’s alkoxy activities.
Bayer says the alkoxylates are used to clean hair and skin, among other things.
It has also lobbied for a ban on use of alkoxymethylcellulose, an ingredient that can cause skin cancer, a report from the US National Cancer Institute said in 2017.
Bergdorf-Westenkamp, Bayer’s chief executive, said in a statement that its products are tested for cancer-causing ingredients, and the company has been working with the FDA to ensure that its alkoxy acid is safe.
“It is important to note that we are the only company in the world using alkoxy compounds in our shampoo to prevent and treat skin cancer,” Bergdorf Westenkamp said.
“We will continue to work with the U.N. and other international regulatory authorities to develop further anti-cancer and health-promoting technologies.”
A Bayer spokeswoman said the company does not comment on pending regulatory matters.