|CANCER CHEMICALS IN BABY SHAMPOO|
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics March 12, 2009
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a health advocacy group, analyzed baby shampoo, lotion, and other infant care products and found that more than half were found to contain chemicals that cause cancer. Some of the largest selling products, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde, or both.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has characterized theses chemicals as probable carcinogens. Like many such chemicals they are not intentionally added to the products, and you'll never see them listed among ingredients on labels. Formaldehyde is created when other chemicals in the product break down over time, and 1,4-dioxane is formed when foaming agents are combined with ethylene oxide or similar petrochemicals.
The organization tested 48 baby bath products such as bubble bath and shampoo. Of those, 32 contained at least one of the chemicals, and 17 tested positive for both chemicals.
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