On Tuesday, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report outlining the dangers of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in some countries as it has been found to contain harmful chemical that is potentially linked to cancer. Despite requests from health groups more than two years ago urging them to reformulate, Johnson and Johnson were reported to be still using harmful preservatives.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reviewed the labels of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo from thirteen countries, and found that shampoo sold in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Australia, China and Indonesia contained quaternium-15 which releases formaldehyde, recognised by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a chemical involved in causing cancer. The other countries reviewed had the baby shampoo that did not contain the preservative, highlighting the fact that it is possible to create the same shampoo without the harmful chemical.
A letter containing twenty five signatures from health and environmental groups requests that the company stop using the harmful chemical worldwide by November the 15th. Before this happens, the campaign encourages everyone to steer clear of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and choose more natural beauty products and safer cosmetics.
In response to this report, Johnson and Johnson claimed to be ‘phasing out’ the chemical, but did not specify a time or the quantity of the chemical it intends to decrease. Some health reports deem the levels of the chemical to already be safe in the shampoo, whereas other experts have recommended natural cosmetics as an alternative.