A mother wants only the best for their children. And when they buy special shampoos for them they probably assume that they are not rubbing carcinogens on their dearest kids head! Unfortunately for Mothers in U.S, there is a good chance they are wrong! The worst part being that the company is already aware of the problem and still they are delaying the replacement. Another shampoo from the same brand 'Johnson Naturals' is free from cancer causing elements but that product costs twice as much the regular baby shampoo.There are only small amounts of the carcinogens in Johnson & Johnson personal care products, but Tracey J. Woodruff, director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at University of California-San Francisco, says, "Even though the chemicals may be low-level, why risk it?"
And I guess, he is right! Isn't he?
They responded by saying that though formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen formaldehyde releasing preservatives are safe! Quaternium-15 is a formaldehyde releaser and 1,4-dioxane can damage the nervous system and organs.
The company says they are working to safely reformulate the products, but they are already selling comparable products in other countries made without Quaternium-15.
In their defense they say: "These preservative technologies, which are used widely in our industry are all safe and approved in the countries where they are sold…"
Denmark, Finland, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and The U.K. are all selling versions of Johnson & Johnson products without quaternium-15. Doesn't this ring a bell?
J&J said that reformulating their products will be difficult, yet they already have done it and are charging more.
"We have been phasing out the use of preservatives that release tiny amounts of formaldehyde to guard against bacterial contamination. These preservative technologies, which are used widely in our industry are all safe and approved in the countries where they are sold… Over the past couple of years, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with these 'formaldehyde releaser' preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%. We are completing this reformulation as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so. As part of the manufacturing process, we have extensive monitoring to ensure that the amount of a trace byproduct known as "1,4 dioxane" in any of our products is well below the level that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulatory agencies around the world consider safe. ...We have introduced new product formulations for consumers who prefer natural products, such as JOHNSON'S® NATURAL®, a line that is 98% natural, and contains no formaldehyde releasing preservatives or traces of 1,4 dioxane."