It’s pretty clear that formaldehyde, used to embalm corpses, is not a health elixir. What’s less clear is why Johnson & Johnson thinks it’s a good idea to put this carcinogen in baby shampoo.
Something to Cry About: Carcinogens Formaldehyde and Dioxane in Baby Shampoo
Two years after first asking the baby cosmetics giant to take formaldehyde-releasing quaternium-15 and another potentially cancer causing chemical, dioxane, out of Johnson & Johnson products, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a new investigation this week showing that the company is starting to do so, but not in the United States.
“Clearly there is no need for Johnson & Johnson to expose babies to a known carcinogen when the company is already making safer alternatives. All babies deserve safer products,” said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at a new conference.
Victory! Johnson & Johnson to Take Toxins Out of Baby Shampoo
Johnson & Johnson responded to the coalition’s investigation with a statement that because “some consumers are concerned,” they are “phasing out formaldehyde releaser preservatives from our baby products” as well as the campaign’s other target, dioxane. If U.S. consumers would like to avoid exposure to those chemicals – say – now, they can buy the (more expensive) Johnson Naturals line of baby care products.
“This is great news, and different from what we expected based on past interactions,” Archer told Forbes. “But it’s not over. We have to see how quickly they’re willing to make this shift and where.”
Find Out More About Toxic Cosmetics
Which brings us to the real problem: ingredients in cosmetics are poorly regulated and disclosure of ingredient hazards is not mandated in the United States. U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., have introduced a bill designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed.
Check out Gina-Marie’s article The Safe Cosmetics Act Would Protect Consumers or the video below for much more.
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