Johnson & Johnson is under fire for its continued use of two carcinogenic ingredients in its baby washes and shampoos. On November 1st, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report–“Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic”–which reveals that the J&J baby shampoo sold in the United States contains the formaldehyde-releasing chemical quaternium-15.
Formaldehyde is listed as a known carcinogen by to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and has been imploring J&J to reformulate their baby washes and shampoos to rid them of quaternium-15 as well as another carcinogenic byproduct called 1,4-dioxane.
The study found that the baby shampoos sold in certain countries (Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) do not contain these toxins.
Johnson & Johnson was quick to respond, and has promised to phase out the chemicals gradually, while also reminding consumers that all of their products always “meet and often exceed the government safety standards for every country and market in which [they] operate.”
J&J recently launched a line of pretty safe baby products (I’ve researched all the ingredients) under the name Johnson’s Naturals. Check out our Safety Reviews for even better choices for baby shampoo or baby wash.