We at Bag It have been posting information on toxic personal care products ever since we started our blog over a year ago. Especially distressing are the ingredients in baby products. We are so thankful for The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, who have helped urge Johnson & Johnson to make their baby shampoo formaldehyde-free. Read their message below.
Are Canadian babies any less deserving of safety than Japanese babies? Is it OK for U.S. babies to share the bathtub with formaldehyde but not for U.K. babies? We don’t think so, and we’d bet most people would agree that all babies should be safe, regardless of where they live.
Yet Johnson & Johnson sells different—safer, formaldehyde-free—versions of its iconic “No More Tears” baby shampoo in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. than in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia. This news was exposed in an analysis the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released Tuesday.
We had to ask J&J: why the double standard?
“On Monday, the campaign sent Johnson & Johnson a letter, signed by about 25 environmental, medical and other groups representing about 3.5 million people in the U.S. and other countries. It urges the company to publicly commit by Nov. 15 to removing the chemicals from all personal care products worldwide.” –Associated Press
Through meetings, letters, calls and grassroots mobilization, we’ve been pushing Johnson & Johnson for safer baby products for more than two years, and this week the company answered. In response to our report, Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic, J&J released a statement saying it’s phasing two carcinogenic chemicals out of its baby products worldwide: formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and 1,4-dioxane.
“When Johnson & Johnson caught wind of the report, they contacted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and got to work on a statement, indicating that they are in the process of phasing the formaldehyde-releasing preservative out of their baby products, worldwide.” –Forbes
This is a huge victory for children’s health and for cosmetics safety. Thank you for being part of it over the last two and a half years! Now we need your help more than ever to make sure J&J follows through on its commitment.
The truth is, a commitment to reformulate—and J&J’s transparency—is a leap in the right direction for this global leader, but the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo on U.S. store shelves today still has formaldehyde-releasers and other hazardous chemicals in it.
“Health and environmental groups have been pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its popular baby shampoo, and for some unfathomable reason, they’re dragging their feet.” –Jezebel
We know J&J can do better. Together, we can see this through until every baby—regardless of where she or he lives—is protected from unnecessary exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in personal care products. Help us win this ultimate victory for children’s health.