Commend Johnson & Johnson for Eliminating Dangerous Chemicals in Products

Target: Johnson & Johnson

Goal: Thank Johnson & Johnson for listening to consumers and eliminating dangerous chemicals from its product line

The mega corporation Johnson & Johnson is doing something many corporations often do not: listening to consumers. Susan Nettesheim, vice president for the company, announced they would be reducing or eliminating many ingredients that consumer groups have criticized for being potential health threats. They have already taken action, and all identified ingredients will be reduced or eliminated by 2015. This move affects baby products and skincare products encompassing such brands as Aveeno, Lubriderm, Neutrogena and RoC. Although Johnson & Johnson does not believe that any of the chemicals it uses are not safe as is, it has still chosen to yield to consumer concerns, which is admirable. Please sign this petition below and thank the company for improving its products.

In addition to the cosmetic products being affected, which include baby and skincare lines, Johnson & Johnson has also agreed to remove harmful chemicals from sunscreens and acne products. Some of the chemicals affected are triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient, and preservatives that release small amounts of formaldehyde. The company has already removed phthalates, used for a variety of purposes including making fragrance last, which are potentially hazardous and already banned from toys and baby products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, an organization of consumer groups, has praised Johnson & Johnson’s actions to improve its products. According to Lisa Archer, director of the campaign, ‘This is a major victory for public health.’ She went on to say, ‘We applaud Johnson & Johnson for its leadership in committing to remove cancer-causing chemicals from its products.’ Hopefully Johnson & Johnson will be a role model for other companies to clean up their product lines. Please sign this petition and thank Johnson & Johnson, and encourage others to take the same actions.


Dear Johnson & Johnson,

Thank you for pledging to reduce or eliminate potentially dangerous ingredients from your cosmetic product lines. This news is particularly exciting since it comes in response to consumer concerns. Although you state none of your ingredients are dangerous at current levels, it is still reassuring to know that a large company will listen to the concerns and needs of its consumer base. Johnson & Johnson products have long held an image of gentleness and purity, which is upheld by the actions you are taking.

In a time when people are inundated with threats to their health from a variety of factors they can and can not control, it is comforting to know that even a large corporation will yield to its consumers. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is praising your actions, and calling on other companies to follow your lead and remove all cancer-causing ingredients from their products.

Once again, thank you and we hope you continue to be a leader in the cosmetic industry that supports public health and safety.


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  1. Time for the other corporate offenders to eliminate toxic compounds, especially phthalates, volatile organic compounds and petroleum distillates in fragrances, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer strips and air fresheners. They are not biodegradable, cause chronic disease and contribute directly to global warming. Also especially harmful to children.

  2. J&J has to be sued, persecuted and punished, not getting off so easy bloody vile criminals.

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