Baby bath products in toxic allegation

Nowadays, children cannot drink milk from bottles or play with their rubber duckies without worrying about phtalates; they cannot read books or play with toys without worrying about lead; they cannot use wipes and hand sanitizers because of probable bacterial resistance risks due to antimicrobials; and now they cannot even take a bath without worrying about formaldehyde!

No wonder many couples just try to avoid having kids if they have to go through all of these worries.

This latest study by the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are charging well-known brand children’s bath products of being contaminated with formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, which are said to cause cancer.

The group specifically mentioned brands such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Sesame Street Bubble Bath, Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash, Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wash, Baby Magic Baby Lotion, and American Girl shower products.

The group said no regulatory standards limit formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane in personal care products sold in the U.S.

“Products made in the U.S.and marketed for children should not contain chemicals linked tocancer,” said Jane Houlihan, vice president for research atEnvironmental Working Group. “Congress needs to protect the mostvulnerable members of our society by ensuring that the personal careproducts we use every day are free from harmful chemicals.”

Kidsshould probably hide from the cancer-causing sun as well since theycan’t use sunscreen without worrying about chemicals in it.

The cosmetic trade association Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) of course lambasted the activist group stating “thereport is patently false and a shameful and cynical attempt to inciteand prey upon parental worries and concerns in order to push apolitical, legislative and legal agenda.”

According to PCPC, exposures to formaldehyde through personal careproducts are generally extremely low and that the chemical naturallyoccurs naturally in the air, released as a byproduct of certainvegetables and is even part of the human metabolism.

1,4 dioxane, meanwhile, is reportedly a byproduct that can form intrace or miniscule amounts during the manufacturing process foringredients that help to ensure mildness of some personal care productssuch as shampoo and bubble bath.

“The US Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) and other authoritative bodies throughout theworld have long been aware of the potential presence of 1,4 dioxane andformaldehyde in personal care products and found them to be safe whenpresent at low levels,” said Dr. John Bailey, PCPC chief scientist.

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