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Ingredient Transparency: Johnson & Johnson pledged to remove formaldehyde and other potentially harmful chemicals from its products
Posted in Litigation

On August 15, 2012, Johnson & Johnson announced its plans to remove formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from several of its personal care consumer products by the end of 2015. Consumer inquiry and concern regarding the ingredients found in its products partly contributed to Johnson & Johnson’s “Safety and Care Commitment” announcement. The products covered under the plan include common brands like Aveeno, Clean & Clear, and Neutrogena. The company will also reduce or remove other potentially harmful chemicals during the same targeted period.

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, and it has been linked to cancer along with other commonly used chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane. Johnson & Johnson is the first major personal care company to make such broad sweeping changes in ingredients.

Johnson & Johnson previously pledged to remove potentially harmful chemicals from its baby products by the end of 2013, but this recent announcement extends to adult products. Johnson & Johnson maintains that its products are currently safe by scientific standards or meet or exceed government regulations. Manufacturers of consumer products will want to watch this story closely to see if Johnson & Johnson can appease consumers and avoid litigation.

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