Johnson & Johnson Products Declared Carcinogen-Free
After the controversy created by a recently released study from the advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, manufacturer Johnson and Johnson has disputed the allegations about carcinogen content in their baby products. The company has countered that the trace amounts of the compounds identified in the report were the result of processes that are performed to ensure that the product is gentle for babies and safe from bacteria growth.
In China, the report has lead to the removal of Johnson and Johnson baby bath products from the shelves of supermarkets. The Shanghai-based supermarket chain Nonggongshang Supermarket Group took Johnson and Johnson products off the shelves of their 3,500 outlets. Other big chains in China such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour, however, have chosen to still carry the products.
This has prompted Chinese health authorities to test the products. The State Food and Drug Administration have subjected 33 Johnson and Johnson products, including the baby shampoo mentioned in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report. Their results indicate that there is no evidence of carcinogens in Johnson and Johnson products, according to a feature on Med Guru.
In support of the declaration of the Chinese health officials, Johnson and Johnson said further that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as other government agencies have considered the trace levels of the compounds in question as safe.
For its part, the State Food and Drug Administration have declared through their website that the agency will continue to monitor the allegations and perform tests in a timely manner.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 48 products and released the report about two weeks ago. The advocacy group tested the products for presence of two known carcinogens: formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. Among the products tested that showed traces of the alleged carcinogens were Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo.Tags: baby products, baby shampoo, carcinogens, johnson and johnson