Class Action Suit Against J&J
Written by Faith Anderson on February 11, 2013
J&J Products Contain Possible Carcinogens
The mothers’ complaint alleges that Aveeno Calming Comfort Bath, which is marketed as having a “Natural Formula,” contains Quaternium 15, a preservative that releases formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. The class action also claims that the Aveeno baby products sold by Johnson & Johnson have a high risk of contamination by 1,4 dioxane, another chemical believed to cause cancer. The lawsuit seeks class action status for any consumers who purchased the baby shampoo and baby wash products. The litigation follows a consumer campaign and petition for a boycott last year, initiated by the consumer watchdog group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The boycott sought to force J&J to remove the chemicals from its baby products.
Adverse Effects Possible Caused By Chemicals
Johnson & Johnson calls 1,4 dioxane a “trace byproduct” of many of its products. It is a compound that can irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, and may even cause damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. The chemical is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen, and was classified by the state of California under Proposition 65 as a possible cancer-causing agent. J&J uses 1,4 dioxane, Quaternium 15 and other chemicals and preservatives to prevent the contamination of bacteria in its products. Unfortunately, those preservatives often release a small amount of potentially harmful formaldehyde in the process.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
Following the threatened boycott, J&J announced in 2012 that it will remove the possibly dangerous chemicals from its baby shampoo products by the end of 2013, and from the rest of its personal care products worldwide by 2015. If you believe you or your child may have been harmed by a consumer product such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash and baby shampoo products, contact an experienced attorney in your area for legal help. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit or join a class action suit against the product manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other associated damages.