Published on August 16th, 2012 | by No Artificial1
Johnson & Johnson to Remove Toxic Chemicals From Products
Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to eliminate a host of potentially unsafe chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which is considered to be carcinogenic, from its adult personal care products by the end of 2015.
Last year, the company had already promised to remove certain chemicals from its baby products by 2013. That change came after a coalition of over 175 non-profit groups, collectively known as The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, began pressing the health care giant to make its baby&adult products safer.
Susan Nettesheim, vice president for product stewardship and toxicology for the J&J’s consumer health brands, said:
“We want people to have complete peace of mind when they use our products.”
The new strategy by Johnson & Johnson come as it aims to reestablish the company image after an embarrassing, costly series of more than 30 product, including nonprescription Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl, recalls since 2009.
J&J said that since 2010, it’s reduced the number of products containing chemicals that release formaldehyde by 33 percent and the products that contain 1,4 dioxane by 74 percent.
In 2005 the company launched the Johnson’s Soothing Naturals line, products with no 1,4 dioxane and or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. That developed into Johnson’s Natural baby products. The company also plans to remove other ‘chemicals of concern’, including phthalates, which have a variety of uses, like minimizing the stiffening effects of hair spray; several fragrance components; and triclosan, an antibacterial chemical used in soaps. J&J will eliminate all parabens, a type of preservative, from baby products and some other parabens from its adult line cosmetics, such as Aveeno, Neutrogena, RoC, Clean & Clear and Lubriderm.
Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said her group would continue to push for several major cosmetics companies to commit to making their products safer.