Carcinogens Found in Popular Baby Shampoo

March 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Tests recently conducted by watchdog advocacy group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, found trace amounts of two known carcinogens in numerous baby skin care products, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and many other brands of baby shampoos and lotions. Carcinogens 1,4-dioxann and formaldehyde were found in 32 of the 48 tested personal care products. Some products contained both of these suspected cancer-causing chemicals.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling for increased regulation of the cosmetic industry and highlighted these studies to show consumers that baby products labeled as safe and pure may be anything but.

The chemicals 1,4-dioxann and formaldehyde are not added intentionally but instead, develop over time in many of these products. The watchdog group claims that the cosmetics industry as a whole can do more to prevent the formation of these carcinogens, despite FDA approval.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates these chemicals as probable carcinogens. The FDA considers them safe in trace amounts. However, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and other health advocates, claim the FDA does not consider the long term affects of these chemicals, when using a personal care product every day. Babies, with their developing nervous systems, may be particularly vulnerable to the long term affects of trace amounts of known carcinogens.

Critics of the FDA guidelines have been saying for years now that guidelines need to be changed allowing trace amounts of carcinogens in baby care products. A recent study by the FDA proved that trace amounts of the chemical 1,4-dioxane would absorb into human skin. Countries in the European Union banned 1,4-dioxane in personal care products. The FDA claims trace amounts of these chemicals are safe.

A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson claims that the FDA and other governmental bodies have deemed that trace elements of these chemicals are safe and that the company complies with all regulations. California Senator, Diane Fienstein was horrified at the results of the study and called for increased regulation of personal care products.


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