Lawmaker Targets Child Injuries Caused By Chemicals In Personal-Care Products

The New York Times (5/28, E3, Ellin) reports, “In March, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported finding formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, a trace contaminant of some chemicals used in cosmetics, detergents and shampoos, in 55 children’s personal-care products.” The Environmental Protection Agency has identified these chemicals “as probable human carcinogens.” As a result, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation last month “asking for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the chemicals in children’s toiletries.” For its part, “Johnson & Johnson, which manufactures many of the items tested, said, ‘All our products meet or exceed the regulatory requirements in every country where they are sold.'”