J&J removing harsh chemicals from products by 2015 (Associated Press, 8/15/2012)


In a monumental victory for the Breast Cancer Fund and our partners in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, today Johnson & Johnson announced that it will remove toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems from its cosmetics for kids and adults, across all J&J-owned brands, worldwide.

The company plans to reformulate its baby products by 2013 and its adult products by 2015. Previously J&J had committed to making baby products safer, but not adult products.

Breast Cancer Fund staff member Lisa Archer, who leads the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, spoke with the Associated Press about the victory:

The health care giant late last year pledged to remove "chemicals of concern" from its baby products sold around the world. That change came after a large coalition of health and environmental groups began pressing J&J more than three years ago to make its personal care products safer.

"This is a good step in the right direction," said Lisa Archer, the campaign's national director. "In terms of the cosmetic giants, Johnson & Johnson is going the furthest of any of them in removing chemicals of concern."

By 2015 Johnson & Johnson will phase out [probable human carcinogens 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde] and others of concern, including triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as fragrance ingredients, which aren't disclosed on product labels. However, it will allow chemicals that release formaldehyde when no safe alternative will work and is reducing levels of 1,4 dioxane to below 10 parts per million. (Read complete article.)

We're thrilled with this victory and all that it means for the health of children, women and men worldwide. For more about J&J's specific commitments and the history of our work to convince the company to reformulate, visit safecosmetics.org.


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