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Chinese Officials Test J&J Baby Products

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Johnson & Johnson baby products are being tested for potential carcinogens, an official with the Shanghai Food & Drug Safety Administration in China told the Associated Press.

The agency decided to conduct the tests after the U.S.-based health and environmental activist group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics last week released a report that said Johnson & Johnson baby products were among dozens that contained formaldehyde and/or 1,4-dioxane.

The allegations caused concern in China, where there have been many product quality and safety scandals, the AP reported.

Johnson & Johnson said its baby products are safe.

"The trace levels of certain compounds found by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics can result from processes that make our products gentle for babies and safe from bacterial growth," said a company statement, the AP reported.

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While J&J says no problem, nothing to worry about, the fact remains that there are carcinogens in their products intended to be used on newborns and that they could easily reformulate their products to make sure these toxic chemicals aren't in their products, like many of their competitors have. The fact that Europe bans 1,4 dioxane (a carcinogen)and Japan and Sweden ban formaldehyde (not only a carcinogen, but a cause of contact dermatitis), while the FDA does nothing since it has so little power to keep toxics out of bodycare products, should give J&J and other companies reason enough to move to safer, greener production to protect our most vulnerable--newborns and small children!
www.safecosmetics.org has been helpful in my family finding these safer alternatives. c'mon J&J. . .get with the move to making our economy green and stop putting toxic chemicals on our kids!

March 20, 2009 - 12:34pm
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