Chemicals found in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and other products have raised concerns about personal injury in children whose parents use the shampoo.

A coalition of health, environmental and consumer groups wants Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to remove tiny amounts of two chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer.

The personal injury attorneys in San Diego are concerned when companies making products for consumers, especially children, do not conduct proper testing for product liability on their products before they hit store shelves.

The chemicals in question are 1,4-dioxane (or just dioxane), a manufacturing byproduct, and the preservative formaldehyde.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), both chemicals can cause cancer.  Formaldehyde can also cause personal injury to the skin, eye and respiratory system.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent a letter to J&J chief executive asking the company by the end of August to manufacture their products without the use of dioxane and any preservatives releasing formaldehyde to prevent personal injury.

“There’s really no excuse for a baby shampoo marketed as the No. 1 choice of hospitals to contain chemicals suspected of causing cancer,” the campaign’s national coordinator, told the Associated Press.

Tests by an independent lab commissioned by the campaign, Analytical Sciences of Petaluma, California found high levels of formaldehyde and low levels of dioxane a chemical banned by the European Union found in three Aveeno baby wash products made by J&J.

Children handle hazardous chemicals worse than adult because their smaller bodies and undeveloped organs can suffer more personal injury and even wrongful death.

When products are specifically made for children, these products must be free from any chemicals that can lead to personal injury or wrongful death. Our San Diego firm’s personal injury lawyers believe that companies should make safe products for all consumers but especially children who are more at risk to wrongful death if they are exposed to chemicals.

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