Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic Report

Baby's Tub is Still Toxic

Two years after public outrage about cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, America’s leading baby shampoo is caught in a double standard.

BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics purchased and reviewed labels of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in 13 countries for quaternium-15, a chemical preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Formaldehyde and quaternium-15 are also strong allergens that can trigger rashes and other skin problems.

The 2011 analysis revealed a different standard for American consumers than other consumers. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the U.S. and four other countries contained quaternium-15, while Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in Europe, Japan, and South Africa did not.

The sale of products with toxic ingredients to American consumers is ironic given Johnson & Johnson’s reputation as one of the most trusted corporate brands in America.

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