J&J removing harsh chemicals from products by 2015

Associated Press
FILE - An April 19, 2010 file photo shows a bottle of Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo in Philadelphia. Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday Aug. 14, 2012 that it remains on track to have baby products, including its Johnson's No More Tears baby shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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FILE - An April 19, 2010 file photo shows a bottle of Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo in Philadelphia. …

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson plans to remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years.

The health care giant, pressed to do so for more than three years by a large coalition of health and environmental groups, pledged late last year to remove the trace amounts of "chemicals of concern" from its baby products sold around the world.

The company tells The Associated Press that it remains on track to have baby products, including its baby shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013. Adult products will be reformulated by the end of 2015.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pushing J&J in May 2009 to remove harsh and toxic chemicals from its brands.

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