Johnson & Johnson Slammed with Allegations of Cancer Risk in Baby Shampoo

Johnson & Johnson Slammed with Allegations of Cancer Risk in Baby ShampooThe nightmare story for Johnson & Johnson has continued into November, with new allegations that the company's line of baby shampoos may raise the risk for cancer, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news source, the shampoo contains two chemicals known to be harmful to babies, and is still being sold in stores around the world, despite the introduction of a different line of shampoos that no longer use the substances.

Now, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is leading the charge to to raise consumer awareness and organize a boycott of Johnson & Johnson baby products until the company removes the chemicals from the shampoos, which are found in markets worldwide, including the UK and China.

The coalition has been pressing J&J, the world's largest healthcare company, to remove dioxane and quaternium-15 from their products since 2008, claiming them to be potentially cancer-causing agents.

"Johnson & Johnson clearly can make safer baby shampoo in all the markets around the world, but it's not doing it," said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The International Business Times (IBT) reports that the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has divulged that dioxane, even in trace amounts, is cause for concern, as it is a known carcinogen.

Quaternium-15, a preservative, has been shown to release formaldehyde, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added to its list of known carcinogens in June 2011.

A new report, titled "Baby's Tub is Still Toxic," was released on Tuesday, November 1, and was obtained by The Associated Press. The document states that Quaternium-15 uses formaldehyde to kill bacteria, and is also known to cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation. The ingredient is still used in Johnson & Johnson shampoos sold in the U.S., Canada, China, Indonesia and Australia.

Australia, however, is taking matters into its own hands, and is expected to develop a measure to ban the substances, if the situation continues to escalate, according to IBT.

Johnson & Johnson has released a statement in response to the report, stating it had "reduced the number of formulations globally with formaldehyde releaser preservatives by 33 percent."