Johnson & Johnson to Produce Carcinogen Free Products by 2015! But What About Now?

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Recently, billion dollar company Johnson and Johnson promised it would remove carcinogens from all of its adult products by 2015. According to the company, this will include any “probable” carcinogen or dangerous chemical, and affects its entire line of adult toiletries and cosmetics.

As of now, Johnson and Johnson products routinely contain some often controversial ingredients, including formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens (linked to allergies and breast cancer), triclosan, dioxane, and artificial colors and fragrances, each of which has been linked to some scary health issues. Of the specific brands to be affected include Neutrogena, RoC, Lubriderm, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear.

Similar promises have been made in the past, most recently when Johnson and Johnson said they’d remove all of these ingredients from baby products (as of yet, they haven’t). And while, if they do live up to their word, this is a step in the right direction, the current push for safe toiletries and cosmetics shouldn’t really have to be a push: companies should want to protect their consumers, not just do so because their customer base gets into an uproar.