J&J Pledges End to Dangerous Chemicals in Toiletries

J&J says it will eliminate dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde from its products.

Johnson & Johnson says it will remove dangerous chemicals from its toiletries and cosmetics by the end of 2015. Last year it agreed to remove them from its baby products by the end of 2013.

J&J’s products contain formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, and undisclosed fragrance ingredients. These chemicals are linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, birth defects, and respiratory irritation.

J&J came under pressure from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, made up of 175 nonprofits that include the Environmental Working Group, the American Nurses Association, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Today the company launched a website, Our Safety & Care Commitment, explaining to consumers what it does to ensure product safety.

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