A new report from the Breast Cancer Fund's Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reveals that Johnson's Baby Shampoo sold in some countries—including the U.S.—contains a formaldeyhde-releasing preservative, while formulations of the product sold in Japan, the U.K. and several other countries use safer alternatives. Formaldehyde isn't directly linked to breast cancer, but it is classified as a known human carcinogen. The Associated Press reports:
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has unsuccessfully been urging the world's largest health care company for 2 1/2 years to remove the trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals — dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde — from Johnson's Baby Shampoo, one of its signature products.
Johnson & Johnson said it is reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals, but did not respond directly to the campaign's demands.
Now the group is ratcheting up the pressure…. (Read complete article.)