Thursday, March 26, 2009

HAPPI Magazine Reports filing of lawsuit over unsafe ingredients in Baby Skincare Products

HAPPI MAgazine is a nationally published industry journal for skincare manufacturers. Yesterday, they reported the following information:

"Lawsuit Filed Regarding Baby Products
2009-03-24 07:48
Manufacturers questioned about ingredients used

Some of the nation's largest child-product companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Proctor and Gamble and Kimberly Clark, are the target of a nationwide class-action lawsuit by parents after a study revealed that many of the companies' products contain questionable chemicals.

The suit, filed March 19 in U.S. District Court in Chicago, will represent parents or other consumers who purchased any of an extensive list of products, if the court certifies the action, according to law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

The findings were part of a study conducted by nonprofit, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which tested commonly used baby products and found amounts of carcinogens such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. According to the report, manufacturers say the levels of the potentially cancer-causing toxins are so small that they do not pose a risk to the public, and are within government guidelines.

The defendants include Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies, Gerber Products Company, The Proctor and Gamble Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Expanscience Laboratories Inc. doing business as Mustela, and Limited Brands Inc."

Problems with chemicals such as these are one of the many reasons that I began formulating Skin Free Skincare. Our Extra Moisturizing Liquid Soap and our Extra Moisturizing Soap Bar are free from all of these harsh additives.

If you would like to read the 32 page report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics entitled "No More Toxic Tub" please click here.

As a pharmacist, my most important recommendation to you is to READ every ingredient list printed on every product you use on your childrens' bodies and your own. We are coming out of a climate of tunnel vision towards the dangerous effects of applying chemicals on our skin that have now been determined as toxic. We now understand that long term use of these products may have carcinogenic effects as they are absorbed through our skin on a regular basis. Let's be careful out there!!

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