November 3, 2011

No more tears!

Baby's bathtub is no place for formaldehyde, but it's been there. The persistent folks at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics can take credit for Johnson and Johnson's latest press release in which J & J announced:
We are phasing out formaldehyde releaser preservatives from our baby products. The preservative technologies we use are approved and have been safely used in hundreds of millions of real life uses around the world. However, 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. We are no longer introducing new baby products that contain these types of preservatives. Over the past few years or so, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with formaldehyde releaser preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.

We have reformulated approximately 70% of our baby products with new cleansing formulations that keep trace levels of 1,4 dioxane at below reliably detectable levels, and are continuing to reformulate. We also have established strict standards to ensure that the amount of 1,4 dioxane in any of our remaining products is kept to extremely low levels that are well below the level that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulatory agencies around the world consider to be safe."
Watchdog organizations really can force corporate America to do the "right thing." Keep up the good work.