Safety of Baby Shampoo Questioned

Environmental groups blast signature brand for use of chemicals in popular product.


Johnson's Baby Shampoo, one of the world's most widely used baby care products, is being targeted by environmental health groups, The Associated Press reports.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says that the signature baby shampoo still contains known carcinogens, even though the company has removed the chemicals in question in other countries. The group is calling on Johnson & Johnson to remove the chemicals from all products worldwide, the AP reports.

The two chemicals—formaldehyde-releasing quaternium-15 and 1,4-dioxane—are known carcinogens. Johnson & Johnson said it is "reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals," according to the AP article, but that the "preservatives are safe and approved by U.S. regulators." The company does list a Johnson's Natural Baby Shampoo on its website, which says its ingredients are 98 percent naturally derived.

The group is also urging consumers to boycott these baby products until the company responds. The campaign has reached out to Johnson & Johnson, insisting that the manufacturer publicly commit by Nov. 15 to the removal of these chemicals, the AP reports.

As a consumer, one of the most important things to do is read product labels. It can be difficult to make informed choices if you don't know what's in the stuff that you're using on yourself and your baby.

Remember, it's never too late or too early to create a healthy environment for you and your growing family. Check out our Going Green page for a one-stop resource for making your pregnancy greener and more eco-conscious. Plus, browse our Toxic 10 to Avoid page for a list of ingredients to try to avoid in your everyday products.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.