Carcinogenic baby shampoo?

Activists call for boycott of Johnson & Johnson over chemicals in baby shampoo

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has unsuccessfully been urging the world’s largest health care company for 2 1/2 years to remove the trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals — dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde — from Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, one of its signature products.

Johnson & Johnson has said it is reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals.


Credit: The Consumerist

Johnson & Johnson said that these “formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are safe and approved by regulators in the U.S. and other countries, but that it is gradually phasing them out of its baby products.” Is this a case of a lot of attention on something that isn’t harmful? Sounds a bit like that. Consumers have been using this products for decades but it is not clear if these chemicals were always in them. Is this a real hazard? Probably not. Certainly not as much as people traveling with babies who are not in protective seats or not having their children vaccinated. But, it’s bad press for the company.