Friday, November 4, 2011

J&J To Phase Out Chemicals In Shampoo

Johnson & Johnson is phasing out formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from its baby products, following the new report “Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic.” Officials of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said the study found Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia contains quaternium-15, a chemical preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Britain contains non-formaldehyde preservatives. Formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Formaldehyde and quaternium-15 are also potent allergens that can trigger rashes and other skin inflammation problems, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said.