Johnson & Johnson Says Bye-Bye to Chemicals

Maker of popular personal care products moves up deadline to get rid of potentially harmful ingredients from brands for babies and moms.


Johnson & Johnson is making good on its promise to eliminate a long list of chemicals from its baby products by 2015 and is going a step further in saying that the removal will be done by 2013, Time magazine and The New York Times report.

The latest announcement extends the phase-out program to include its adult products, such as "well-known drugstore brands like Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean & Clear," The New York Times reports. The manufacturer in recent years has come under fire for using potentially dangerous chemicals in its baby care products.

Among the chemicals being eliminated from J&J products are formaldehyde (which Time magazine reports has been declared a carcinogen by the U.S. government), phthalates, parabens, fragrance ingredients, triclosan (a chemical found in antibacterial soaps, mouthwashes and toothpastes) and 1,4 dioxane, according to a Johnson & Johnson website announcing the changes.

Also recently, Johnson & Johnson's Head-to-toe Baby Wash and Bedtime Bath were mentioned in news reports about the use of popular infant soaps linked to a number of newborns testing positive for marijuana in hospitals, Crib Notes reported.

According to The New York Times article, "the company calls [the changes] moving beyond safety. [Johnson & Johnson] did not say how much it would cost to reformulate its products, but said that spending on research, development and testing of alternatives to the ingredients it is removing will be costly."

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