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Consumer organisations question P-free detergents performance

        Independent tests by consumer organisations question the washing performance of P-free dishwasher detergents.
        Consumer organisations and media in the USA and Belgium suggest that detergents without phosphates "tend to perform worst overall" and do not adequately clean dishes, remove grease, or leave films. They also question the environmental issues, indicating that phosphates have to be replaced by other chemicals which are "even more polluting, directly toxic and/or poorly biodegradable" and with probably irreversible effects.