November 1, 2011
The disputed ingredients are dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde. Formaldehyde was declared a known human carcinogen in June by the U.S. National Toxicology Program. It is also a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Johnson & Johnson has said it is reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals.
Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said: ‘Johnson & Johnson clearly can make safer baby shampoo in all the markets around the world, but it’s not doing it.’
The campaign’s new report, ‘Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic’, was released today via its website at www.safecosmetics.org.