Report claims Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo contains carcinogens

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics not only claims that Johnson & Johnson has declined to remove certain cancer-causing chemicals from its Baby Shampoo sold in the United States, but that it sells versions of the product without the same cancer-causing agents in many countries around the world.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is requesting that consumers boycott Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, claiming that the product is exposing babies to carcinogens, specifically in the U.S., Canada, Australia, China and Indonesia.

In 2009, the group requested that Johnson & Johnson reformulate its baby shampoo and remove formaldehyde-releasing chemical quaternium-15. The carcinogen was found to be in the popular baby shampoo by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) and reported in the March 2009 report, “No More Toxic Tub.” However, according to the latest CSC report, “Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic,” released today, Nov. 1, 2011, Johnson & Johnson has not complied with the request. According to a statement by the CSC on the group’s website:

“Not only is the company still exposing babies in the U.S. and other countries to formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), 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.”

This, CSC points out, raises the question: Why is Johnson & Johnson selling carcinogen-containing versions in some countries, while selling non-formaldehyde-releasing versions in others?

The CSC is requesting that consumers read their reports, and consider not only boycotting Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, but sending a letter to the company, as well. A draft of a letter, which can be easily related to the company from the CSC website, is available for consumers, although CSC reminds everyone that the letters are even more effective if writers personalize them, which is an option with the ready-to-go letter on the CSC website.

Both the original 2009 report, “No More Toxic Tub,” and the updated report, “Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic,” released today, are available online.

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