By Moe Taheri
November 17, 2011 – The AP (11/16) reported, “Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world. An international coalition of consumer and environmental groups has been pressing J & J since May 2009 to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from products.”
It is disturbing to see J & J increasingly caught up in a recall of their products, especially baby products which ironically are designed to protect the most vulnerable consumers. Formaldehyde-based products are known carcinogenic agents. For a pharmaceutical company such as J & J to incorporate them as preservatives in baby care products is reckless behavior. As an iconic American institution, one that has enjoyed a good reputation and enormous success both in the U.S. and around the globe, it is unconscionable to see J & J use such harmful chemicals in consumer products. What is even more alarming is that it takes actions by consumer advocacy groups to expose J & J’s unsafe conduct and force them to remedy these harmful products.