Baby Shampoo Boycott – Demonstrators provoke a boycott of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo.
Activist have attempted for over two years to get the multi-national manufacturers to remove the trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing substances from this product.
Two chemicals considered harmful remain in Johnson & Johnson products that are sold in the U.S. and some other countries, even though the company already makes versions without them, according to an international coalition of health and environmental groups.
Now the coalition is urging consumers to boycott Johnson & Johnson baby products until the company agrees to remove the chemicals from its products sold around the world.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has unsuccessfully been urging the world’s largest health care company for 2 1/2 years to remove the trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals – dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde – from Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, one of its signature products.
The manufactures said they reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals. However, they are not doing enough to satisfy those pushing a boycott.
“Johnson & Johnson clearly can make safer baby shampoo in all the markets around the world, but it’s not doing it,” said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
“Clearly there is no need for Johnson & Johnson to expose babies to a known carcinogen when the company is already making safer alternatives. All babies deserve safer products,” Archer added in an online press release.