Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson, the company that makes the iconic Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and other products for babies, children, and adults, has pledged that its baby products will be free of potentially cancer-causing chemicals by the end of 2013, and its adult products will be the same by the end of 2015. Late last year, the company announced its plans to alter its shampoo formula; this week’s announcement is an expansion of that earlier announcement. The Associated Press reports:
The company told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday that it remains on track to have baby products, including its Johnson’s No More Tears baby shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013. Adult products will be reformulated by the end of 2015.
“We want people to have complete peace of mind when they use our products,” said Susan Nettesheim, vice president of product stewardship and toxicology for J&J’s consumer health brands.
Those include Johnson’s baby lotion and bath products and Desitin for diaper rash, as well as adult skin care brands including Aveeno, Neutrogena, RoC, Clean & Clear and Lubriderm. J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., also makes prescription drugs and medical devices….
Johnson & Johnson is set to launch a website Wednesday morning, www.safetyandcarecommitment.com, telling consumers what it does to ensure its ingredients are safe and of high quality. That includes detailed questioning of manufacturers and suppliers covering everything from the composition of ingredients and any trace chemicals in them to their environmental health and safety practices.
“We’ve heard from consumers that they want to understand more about our plans” for improving products, Nettesheim said. “They want more transparency.”
Research by the Environmental Working Group found most cosmetic and personal care products — other than those from small companies in the fast-growing natural products niche — contain potentially dangerous chemicals.
The key ones in question are 1,4 dioxane and the preservative formaldehyde, which is slowly released by a chemical called quaternium-15 to kill bacteria. Both 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde are probable human carcinogens; formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
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Monday, January 30th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson, the consumer products company, has announced a voluntary recall of 2,200 bottles–a single lot–of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion. The recall comes after the FDA conducted routine tests and found higher-than-allowed levels of coagulase-negative Staphylococci, which the company described as a family of bacteria that naturally occurs in the environment.
The lot number, embossed on the tube, is 0161LK. The product was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, the company said. It urged consumers who would like a refund to call 877-298-2525.
But Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Communications Bonnie Jacobs said the recall is being carried out at the retail level, and consumers who have bought the affected product can still use it. “They do not have to take any action,” she said.
The company’s news release described the potential for the lotion to adversely affect one’s health as “remote.”
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Friday, November 4th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson, the company that makes the iconic Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and other products for babies and children, has announced plans to remove potentially carcinogenic chemicals from its shampoo formulas.
Since 2009, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report identifying traces of formaldehyde in a number of cosmetic products, including Johnson’s baby shampoo, the debate has escalated over whether government regulation of toxic chemicals in consumer products is sufficient. This past June, the U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program officially identified formaldehyde as a carcinogen, renewing the urgency of the debate.
This week, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a new report, stating that Johnson & Johnson had removed the formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane, from their products in some countries, but not in the United States. Parents who wish to avoid these chemicals in the U.S. have to purchase Johnson’s “Naturals” line, which costs more than the standard shampoo formula.
Forbes.com reports that although the Johnson & Johnson has not stated a definitive timeline for removing the chemicals from their products in the U.S., the company did release a statement pledging to phase them out entirely:
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.
“The preservative technologies we use are safe and approved by authorities in the European Union and in the United States, as well as in China and India, and we have not seen any evidence of allergy in hundreds of millions of real life uses of these products,” the statement reads. “However, we know that some consumers are concerned about formaldehyde, which is why we offer many products without formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and are phasing out these types of preservatives in our baby products worldwide. We are no longer introducing new baby products that contain these types of preservatives. Over the past few years or so, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with formaldehyde releaser preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.”
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics urges parents to avoid products containing ingredients that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, including sodium myreth sulfate, PEG compounds and chemicals that include the clauses “xynol,” “ceteareth” and “oleth.” Parents should also avoid products that contain formaldehye-releasing preservatives, including quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.
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