Johnson & Johnson to Clean Up Baby Products

Johnson & Johnson to Clean Up Baby Products

Hopefully many parents already know that Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo is full of nasty, harmful ingredients—though I think that’s probably not the truth, since the brand has been voted as the most trusted by parents over and over again. Did you also hear that the company cleaned up its products in some countries in order to appease parents and accommodate local laws, but not in America?

Tsk, tsk. That wasn’t very nice, Johnson & Johnson! The chemicals that you knowingly insert into your products, 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde, are not only known carcinogens; trace amounts of the former are known to be a cause for concern. So how on Earth is this even legal, let alone so commonplace?

And now that a consumer report has come out pointing fingers at the company for doing so, Johnson & Johnson have announced that they’re going to detox all of their products in America, too. That means that the products you have at home, or that you might purchase tomorrow, still have known carcinogens in them—unless, of course, you pay more for the company’s “Natural” brand—and that the United States is still allowing such products to be harmful in the first place.

Isn’t it about time that we all cried out for better protections in our personal care products? Plenty of other countries have them. I don’t mean to sound like Cartman—“But Mo-om! Craig has a trapper keeper and I do-on’t!”—but it seems like every time you turn around, you have another country with free healthcare, health protections against deadly poisons in their food and cosmetics, and protections against deadly pesticides on top of it all! Come on, America, we can do better than that. We don’t need all of these poisons to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. In fact, take them out of the equation and we’ll all surely be much freer and braver.

No time frame has been released for the phase out of these ingredients, of course; in the meantime, I would suggest abstaining from buying anything from the brand until they not only agree to make their baby products safe, but all of the rest of their products as well. It obviously can’t be hard if plenty of other companies are doing it. The only way to get them to, of course, is to speak with our dollars—or by withholding them, in this case.