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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Responds to Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor

Veterinary Toxicologists regard allegations of liver failure and death from household cleaner as unfounded.

Media Contact: Ruth Goldstein
(212) 876-7700 ext. 4661

Dana Farbman, CVT
(217)-337-5030 ext. 751


(Urbana, IL) May 6, 2004 -- Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center have reviewed the claim described in a widely distributed email alleging a relationship between the use of Swiffer Wet Jet and liver failure in a dog.  The email alleges that exposure to the ingredients in Swiffer Wet Jet caused a dog's death.

The Swiffer Wet Jet system contains water (90-100%), propylene glycol n-propyl ether or propylene glycol n-butyl ether and isopropyl alcohol (1-4%).  These ingredients are safe to use around pets when used according to label directions and would not cause liver damage at product concentrations.  Propylene glycol n-butyl/propyl ether differs significantly from ethylene glycol, the potentially toxic ingredient present in most antifreeze products.  Ethylene glycol is frequently implicated in causing renal failure in dogs following antifreeze ingestion.  Propylene glycol n-propyl ether and propylene glycol n-butyl ether are very safe ingredients at levels used in cleaning products and do not cause kidney or liver failure.

The ASPCA will continue to monitor this situation and will post any additional information as it becomes available.  Please call 1-888-426-4435 if you have any questions or have a pet that you suspect is experiencing problems, or visit us at


The ASPCA Animal Poison Control CenterFor over 25 years, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has been the premier animal poison control center in North America.  The center, an allied agency of the University of Illinois, is the only facility of its kind staffed by 25 veterinarians including five board-certified veterinary toxicologists and 10 certified veterinary technicians.  Located in Urbana, Illinois, the specially trained staff provides assistance to pet owners and specific analysis and treatment recommendations to veterinarians pertaining to toxic chemicals and dangerous plants, products or substances 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  In 2003, the center handled over 88,000 cases.  In addition, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center provides extensive veterinary toxicology consulting on a wide array of subjects including legal cases, formulation issues, product liability, regulatory reporting and bio surveillance. To reach the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, call 1-888-426-4435.  For more information on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center visit (8/03)



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