Today is a sad-day for our household.
I won’t lie, I am quite disappointed too.
I was just informed that Johnson & Johnson admits their baby products contain cancer-causing ingredients.
Yup, the baby brand we have all grown up with and have trusted with our own babies.
I have used Johnson & Johnson baby products with all 3 of my kids.
In fact, I’ve been using their products with my daughter who is only 2 months old.
I had no idea that the lotion I would lather on my baby after every bath was harmful to her.
I mean, I always thought these products were “safe”.
Apparently, Johnson & Johnson has had a few lawsuits over the ingredients in their products.
What harmful ingredients are used?
According to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization, the ingredients used in Johnson & Johnson products include quaternium-15 and 1,4-dioxane.
Quaternium-15 is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative, and well-known carcinogen that causes burning sensations in the eyes, nose and throat; watery eyes; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation. Daily exposure is linked with leukemia and brain cancer.
1,4-dioxane is another carcinogen that causes vertigo upon inhalation, as well as drowsiness, headache, anorexia, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It also causes skin irritation upon contact. This chemical is also a by-product of ingredients like PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureate sulphate, sodium myreth sulphate, polyethyleneand ceteareth-20.
What brought all this to light?
Many parents were shocked to learn that a Missouri jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, whose death by ovarian cancer was linked to her daily use of talcum-based Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.
Once this broke news, parents starting questioning the ingredients in baby products and demanded Johnson & Johnson to change their formula.
Here was Johnson & Johnson’s response:
“We have been phasing out the use of preservatives that release tiny amounts of formaldehyde to guard against bacterial contamination. These preservative technologies, which are used widely in our industry are all safe and approved in the countries where they are sold…Over the past couple of years, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with these ‘formaldehyde releaser’ preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.
We are completing this reformulation as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so. As part of the manufacturing process, we have extensive monitoring to ensure that the amount of a trace byproduct known as “1,4 dioxane” in any of our products is well below the level that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulatory agencies around the world consider safe.
…We have introduced new product formulations for consumers who prefer natural products, such as JOHNSON’S® NATURAL®, a line that is 98% natural, and contains no formaldehyde releasing preservatives or traces of 1,4 dioxane.”
I am grateful that the company sees the issue with this and is actively making a change.
I just am saddened this was ever part of their products to begin with.