Minnesota’s legislature is working to ban formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, from children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths. The ban against the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives would apply to products intended for children under eight. The legislation now moves to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton.
“Minnesota’s proposed ban on formaldehyde in children’s products is fantastic news for parents in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but families in the other 49 states also deserve safe products free of cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde,” said Cindy Luppi with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Clean Water Action. “We need Congress to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act that would protect children across America from personal care products made with toxic chemicals linked to serious health disorders and diseases.”
In 2011, Johnson & Johnson committed to reformulating its baby products to remove formaldehyde. Last year, the company set an industry standard by announcing it would remove known carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from both its baby and adult products by 2015, as previously reported in Happi.