Activists push for boycott
An activist group is calling for a boycott of Johnson & Johnson to push the company to remove chemicals that are found in baby shampoo sold in the United States. MSNBC is reporting that The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been requesting that J&J remove the chemicals from the products for the last 2 1/2 years. There are already versions of the same products without the chemicals being sold in other countries, but to date they have not made the switch in the U.S.
The main concerns are focused on chemicals that release formaldehyde as the shampoo is being used. Formaldehyde is a known irritant, and was named as a carcinogen by the U.S. Toxicology Program. The company currently makes a natural version of their shampoo that is free of the chemicals and is twice the cost of the original. Activists point out that since the company already makes the product available without these substances in other countries it should be easy to replace the U.S. marketed products.
Johnson & Johnson has responded that they are in the process of phasing out the chemicals from all the product lines. They did not offer a deadline for the process, however, nor did they respond to a requested deadline of November 15th, 2011 to make the switch. The chemicals are currently found in Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, Oatmeal Baby Wash, Moisture Care Baby Wash, and Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash.