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Popular kid's bath products contain toxic chemicals: Study
« on: March 13, 2009, 11:33:10 AM »
Many popular children's bath products on the market contain the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane, a study has found.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, based in Washington, D.C., tested the best-known brands available in North America containing ingredients with a high-risk of contamination. The results, released Thursday, show that 17 of 28 or 61 per cent contained both toxins, including some products pitched to parents as gentle and natural.

They include Johnson's Baby Shampoo, L'Oreal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 Fast Dry Shampoo, Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wash, Gerber's Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash. Bubble bath products branded with popular children's characters also tested positive for both chemicals, including Barbie, Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, Hot Wheels and Tinker Bell.

"Companies are doing an excellent job of marketing products to kids and making products attractive to kids, but they're not necessarily looking at how to make products as safe as they possibly can for kids," co-author Stacy Malkan said in an interview.

Twenty-three of 28 products (82 per cent) contained formaldehyde at levels ranging from 54 to 610 parts per million.

The levels of dioxane, found in 32 out of 48 products (67 per cent), ranged from 0.27 to 33 ppm.

"I think these companies can absolutely do better and they need to do better," said Malkan.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., shot back Thursday, saying the trace levels of certain compounds found "can result from processes that make our products gentle for babies and safe from bacteria growth. The (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and other government agencies around the world consider these trace levels safe, and all our products meet or exceed the regulatory requirements in every country where they are sold."

The statement expressed "disappointment" that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics "has inaccurately characterized the safety of our products, misrepresented the overwhelming consensus of scientists and government agencies that review the safety of ingredients, and unnecessarily alarmed parents. We want to reassure parents that Johnson's Baby Shampoo and all our baby and kids products are safe, gentle and mild products that they can trust and use with confidence."


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