The kids are back in school and the power is (hopefully) back on. You’ve likely already gone through the fridge to see what’s safe to save. But will recent news also have you also looking under your bathroom sink?
The discovery that Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo includes potentially harmful ingredients was made in a 2009 report by the advocacy group The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. But earlier this week the group raised the alarm again. From a statement on their website:
“More than two years after leading health and parents’ groups asked Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to reformulate its flagship baby shampoo to remove a chemical that releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, the company is still using the formaldehyde-releasing ingredient in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in the United States, Canada and China, while making formaldehyde-free versions of the shampoo in several other countries, according to a new analysis conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.”
Johnson & Johnson responded to the report indicating that they are taking steps to change.
Writes WebMD: “In a surprising turn of events, after Johnson & Johnson received word of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, the company released a statement Monday saying it is no longer introducing new products with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: ‘We know that some consumers are concerned about formaldehyde, which is why we offer many products without formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and are phasing out these types of preservatives in our baby products worldwide.’”
You can read the full statement here.
The company also has a “98 percent natural” line called Johnson’s Natural on the market, according to the statement.
So the news got us wondering what local parents are doing. Will you be tossing the bottle under your sink or have you already switched to the natural version?
And in general, what brand of shampoo do you use for your kids? (Read how this Pound Ridge couple launched an organic skin-care line .)