Why are babies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, China and Indonesia being exposed to carcinogens in Johnson's Baby Shampoo when safer alternatives are available in other countries?
After the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found chemicals linked to cancer in popular kids' bath products – including Johnson's Baby Shampoo – in 2009, they asked Johnson & Johnson to reformulate its iconic baby shampoo and specifically to remove the formaldehyde-releasing chemical quaternium-15.
Fast-forward to now. At present, the company is still exposing babies in the U.S. and other countries to formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recently discovered that J&J is selling versions of the shampoo in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. that DON'T contain formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. Read the new report from the Campaign, Baby's Tub Is Still Toxic, for details.
We know J&J can do better. Every baby – regardless of where she or he lives – should be protected from unnecessary exposure to carcinogens and other toxic chemicals.
Fortunately, the company is making a big step in the right direction: in response to the Campaign’s new report and letter to J&J, the company issued statement saying it is no longer introducing new products with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and it is phasing out these types of preservatives in baby products worldwide, along with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.
Please send your own letter to J&J using the form below and tell J&J you’re glad it made this commitment, but there’s still more to do to ensure that its products are safe for babies and all of us.
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