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A new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics finds many children’s bath products contain harmful and toxic chemicals that are known to cause skin allergies and cancer.

According to the report titled, “No More Toxic Tub,” two-thirds of the products tested which include Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, contained formaldehyde or 1,4 dioxane.

The chemical 1,4 dioxane, considered a carcinogen by the EPA, is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique used to make ingredients gentler to the skin.

Formaldehyde – also a carcinogen, is created as preservatives break down in the container over time. Preservatives are used to make products safer by preventing the growth of bacteria, fungus and other harmful microbes.

Safeguarding your Family from Harmful Chemicals

Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane chemicals are not disclosed on product labels because they’re contaminants, not ingredients, and therefore are exempt from labeling laws.

Pick products that contain fewer ingredients and no synthetic dyes or fragrances.

Search EWG’s cosmetic safety database to learn more about the products you use and to find safer alternatives.

The Toxic Tub testing results can be found here. #

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