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Johnson & Johnson released a statement on Tuesday, August 28, that it is on target to remove harmful chemicals from baby products and adult toiletries.  They expect to complete this effort by 2015.  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove these chemicals in May 2009.  This campaign consisted of 175 non-profit groups which include the Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Nursing Association.

Products that will be reformulated are:  Johnsons No More Tears baby shampoo (to be completed by the end of 2013), Johnson’s baby lotion and bath products, Desitin for diaper rash; other products such as Aveeno, Neutrogena, RoC, Clean & Clear and Lubriderm.

The key ingredients that are causing concern are 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde (used as a preservative).  Both of these ingredients are probable human carcinogens and formaldehyde is also believed to be a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.  They are also going to phase out the use of parabens, phthalates, triclosan (mentioned in a previous posting) and fragrance ingredients that are not disclosed on products labels.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group both have information on their websites on shopping tips for the safest products as well as a database on ingredients and potential hazards in personal care products.

To read the full article, click on the following link:

Johnson, L. (2012, August 15). News: J&J removing harsh chemicals from products by 2015: Baby lotion among products to be reformulated. Retrieved August 31, 2012, from WIVB.com: http://www.wivb.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/jj-removing-harsh-chemicals-from-products-by-2015_4317886

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – http://www.safecosmetics.org

Environmental Working Group – http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/