Baby Shampoo Boycott
November 1, 2011 by staff
Baby Shampoo Boycott, For more than two years, groups of health, environment, and parents have asked Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo reformulate to remove a chemical that releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. But the company is still using the first release of formaldehyde in Johnson’s baby shampoo in the United States, Canada and China, while formaldehyde-free shampoo versions in several other countries, according to a newanlysis by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that was released today. The Campaign for safe cosmetics, along with the American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and over 20 other parents and health groups that represent more than 3 million people calling for a boycott of the products of Johnson & Johnson to drop the baby shampoo carcinogens.
“Preventing exposure to toxic chemicals before they occur is the cornerstone of corporate responsibility. We call on Johnson & Johnson to remove the carcinogen formaldehyde products. It’s time to protect all children, regardless of their nationality, “said Peter Wilk, MD, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
One of the questions raised about the approach of Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. refers to the willingness of companies that babies exposed to known carcinogens, when safer technologies are safer and shampoos. Johnson & Johnson issued a statement yesterday, waiting for today’s call for a boycott. The statement refers consumers to their “natural” line:
“We have introduced new formulations of products to meet consumer needs, such as Johnson Naturals, a line that is 98% natural.”
Environmental lovers and baby wonder why Johnson and Johnson are still selling a product that babies exposed to carcinogens when a safer alternative exisists within the company. Johnson and Johnson. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and ANA have since met several times with Johnson & Johnson executives to discuss these issues.
The company launched one of its “natural” version of baby shampoo s does not contain chemicals associated with formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane only after this campaign began. However, the original Baby Shampoo Johnson, which is priced at about half the cost of the new “natural” shampoo, it has been reformulated in the U.S. market. Johnson and Johnson has made an effort to capitalize on the market and the supply of a product for those seeking a natural product. They are not disclosing the carcinogens in baby shampoo on the label or in their advertisements.
It is clear that Johnson and Johnson, history suggests that it is preserving its two lines of baby shampoo.
Yesterday, the Campaign for safe cosmetics, along with the American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and over 20 other parents and health groups representing more than 3 million people, sent another letter to Johnson & Johnson, asking the company to remove the formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in the products of all children in all markets worldwide and replacing them with safer alternatives. The letter asks the company to make a commitment on 15 November.
“While it is encouraging to see that Johnson & Johnson has made progress in developing a safer world” natural “version of its iconic baby shampoo, now is the time for the company to rise to the occasion and make the safest products on the world market is demanding for all customers. “Archer said.
“The American Nurses Association has adopted a precautionary approach based on the precautionary principle. In this application, even in the face of scientific uncertainty, if a chemical suspected of potential damage, which must be replaced by a safer substitute” said Amy Garcia MSN, RN, CAE, Chief Programme Officer, Executive Office, American Nurses Association.
Chronology of the campaign to eliminate the Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo carcinogens
The main groups of health and environment in the U.S. have sent letters and met with executives from Johnson & Johnson several times in the past two and half years to urge the company to reformulate their products for babies to remove chemicals interest, including Quaternium-15.
March 2009: A report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, more toxic, no bath, revealed that Johnson Baby Shampoo, bath products along with many other children, contained two carcinogens, formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, which included on the labels.
May 2009: More than 40 organizations representing 1.7 million parents, health professionals and environmental health advocates, wrote to Johnson & Johnson, detailing his concerns about the toxic chemicals found in products Baby of the company.
September 2009: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is headed back to Johnson & Johnson, asking the company to immediately remove the preservative formaldehyde, quaternium-15 release of the products of your baby in light of new research linking chemical rates increase in allergic contact dermatitis.
2009-2011: The American Nurses Association and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has met several times with Johnson & Johnson executives to discuss concerns about formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.
October 2011: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and many other health and parent groups delivered a letter to Johnson & Johnson asking the company to commit to the elimination of formaldehyde release chemical products of all children in all markets around the world on November 15, 2011.
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