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Johnson and Johnson Plans to Drop Potentially Harmful Chemicals from Certain Brands

Johnson and Johnson, owner of personal care brands Aveeno, Neutrogena and Clean and Clear, says it will remove a number of potentially harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, from its line of adult consumer products by the end of 2015.

The company already pledged last November to remove specific chemicals from its baby products, such as Johnson baby shampoo, by 2013.

J&J will phase out formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, which release tiny amounts of methylene glycol, as well as triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial ingredient, and 1,4 dioxane, a trace material that's the byproduct of the process that makes cleansers mild and nonirritating.

Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are not listed on the back of J&J's personal care products because neither is technically considered an ingredient.

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The company already pledged last November to remove specific chemicals from its baby products, such as Johnson baby shampoo, by 2013.

J&J will phase out formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, which release tiny amounts of methylene glycol, as well as triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial ingredient, and 1,4 dioxane, a trace material that's the byproduct of the process that makes cleansers mild and nonirritating.

Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are not listed on the back of J&J's personal care products because neither is technically considered an ingredient.

Read Full Article