|J&J First to Promise Toxin-Free Products|
by Daniel J. DeNoon, WebMD
August 15th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson, maker of brands including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson's Baby Shampoo, says it will remove controversial chemicals from all its baby and adult products by 2015.
The company is one of the world's largest producers of cosmetics. J&J says its products have been shown to be safe by FDA standards and its own internal tests. But safety concerns have been raised about several kinds of chemicals commonly used in cosmetics, including some probable carcinogens.
J&J announced today that by 2015 it will reformulate hundreds of cosmetic and personal care products sold worldwide. The announcement confirms commitments the company made last winter in a letter to a consumer group.
That group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, co-founded by the Environmental Working Group and about 175 other nonprofit organizations, has been lobbying cosmetics companies to stop using ingredients suspected of toxic effects.
In today's announcement, J&J said it would:
"Every beauty and baby care product from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is safe and effective when used as directed," the company says on its web site. "We’ve held ourselves to the very highest standards for more than one hundred years."
Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, praised the company’s action in a news release and asked for other companies to follow its lead. "We call on other cosmetic giants ... to meet or beat J&J's commitments and signal they take consumer safety as seriously as their competitor."