File this under “Ironies of the Global Economy.” We just learned that Chinese Supermarkets are removing Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo from their shelves based on a recent report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that found 1,4-Dioxane and formaldehyde in some baby shampoos and bubble bath products.
The US Department of Health and Human Services “considers 1,4-dioxane as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
“We have to be responsible to consumers and suspend sales of these products until they are proved safe,” said Gan Pingzhong, quality supervision department manager of Nonggongshang, a retailer with 3,500 stores in China.
Back home in the US, the FDA:
“has not established or recommended a specific limit on the level of 1,4-dioxane in cosmetics.”
And Johnson & Johnson asserts that these are only trace quantities of 1,4-Dioxane, so all of their products are safe.
Nonetheless, stores in Taiwan and Vietnam were also pulling Johnson’s baby shampoo from their shelves. And the Chinese government announced that they will test these products for their safety.