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Johnson & Johnson removing toxins from baby products

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Responding to criticism from consumer groups, Johnson & Johnson said it is stepping up the removal of harmful chemicals from its baby products.

Those groups have been pressing the company to remove two cancer-causing chemicals: 1,4-dioxane, considered a likely carcinogen, and quaternium-15, a chemical that releases the preservative formaldehyde.

They want the chemicals out of products, including the signature baby shampoo, long advertised under the slogan "No More Tears."

Johnson & Johnson said the chemicals will be removed within two years and sooner for the baby products.

The company said some products already have versions with alternative preservatives.