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Are You Using This Popular But Cancer-Causing Johnson & Johnson Shampoo?

Johnson & Johnson Shampoo

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  • Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the U.S. contains two hazardous ingredients—1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15—which are not found in the product sold to certain other countries. J&J’s “Naturals” brand also does not contain these ingredients, yet the company still claims they’re working on reformulating their Baby Shampoo “as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so.”
  • For more than two years, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has urged J&J to remove the offending ingredients. The Campaign is now calling for a boycott until the company complies.
  • Other hazardous ingredients found in many shampoos and personal care products include parabens, DEA, and propylene glycol. Baby products that contain 2 bromo, 2 nitropropane, 3-DIOL, sodium borate, and oxybenzone should also be avoided.
  • To avoid toxic hazards, look for the USDA organic seal, and/or use the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep site to evaluate products before settling on a purchase.
  • Action items include voting with your pocketbook and refusing to buy J&J’s Baby Shampoo until they’ve removed the toxic ingredients; signing the petition to Johnson & Johnson; and contacting your Congressman to support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.

By Dr. Mercola

If you buy special shampoo for your baby, the last thing you'd expect it to contain would be known or suspected carcinogens... But if you live in the U.S., this may in fact be the case. For the past two years, health and environmental groups have been urging Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its baby shampoo.


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