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The Health Cost of Black Women’s Hair Products
by Kat FriedrichOur Bodies Ourselves
December 21st, 2011
There is a striking lack of mainstream news coverage of the health hazards posed by beauty products, such as hair relaxers and skin lighteners, that are commonly used by black women. African-American women spend more on beauty products than white women do, but far too little research has looked at how women use these products.

Cancer Prevention Coalition: Multiple Carcinogens in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
by Samuel S. EpsteinBusiness Wire
December 15th, 2011
The following is an opinion editorial provided by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman of Cancer Prevention Coalition: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics must be congratulated for securing a 11/15/11 agreement with Johnson & Johnson “for reducing or gradually phasing out - - trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals” from Baby Shampoo, “one of its signature products.”

Five Things You Should Know About Environmental Links to Breast Cancer
by Amy WesterveltForbes
December 7th, 2011
A report released today by the Institute of Medicine, and funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, took a comprehensive look at the current research available on the potential environmental causes of breast cancer and laid out several preventative measures women can take to help lower their risk of breast cancer.

Compact for Safe Cosmetics: 321 companies changing the beauty industry
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
December 5th, 2011
If ever there were a time to be in the nontoxic personal care business it’s now, with ”natural” cosmetics representing the fastest growing segment of the $50 billion cosmetics industry. But in the absence of strict government regulations, which companies truly fit the bill? Just call them the Champions.

Smelling good without stinking up the environment
Environmental Health News
December 1st, 2011
Chemists developing compounds used to create fragrances can weed out chemicals that don't meet toxicity and environmental standards early in the design process, finds a study that predicted the toxicity and persistence of a variety of musk chemicals using a sophisticated computer program.

Safe Cosmetics: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health and to Motivate Change
by Hillary PetersonThe Huffington Post
December 1st, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that 335 companies have been named Champions and met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients to consumers.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics urges makeup companies to update ingredients
Daily Record
November 30th, 2011
More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

Campaign Gets Companies To Make Safer Cosmetics
by Linda A. JohnsonThe Associated Press
November 30th, 2011
More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

True Beauty: Cosmetics Companies Ban Chemicals, Disclose Ingredients
by Robyn LawrenceCare2
November 30th, 2011
Natural cosmetics, free of the most harmful chemicals, are the fastest growing segment of the $50 billion cosmetics industry, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The report—the culmination of a seven-year effort to raise the bar for safer personal care products—states that 321 cosmetics companies have removed chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States and are fully disclosing product ingredients. That’s positively pioneering in the cosmetics industry. An additional 111 companies made significant progress toward those goals.

Campaign gets companies to make safer cosmetics
The Associated Press
November 30th, 2011
A coalition of consumer and environmental groups says several hundred companies now meet all or many of the goals in its campaign to get hazardous chemicals removed from cosmetics and other personal care products.

Are You Using This Popular But Cancer-Causing Shampoo?
by Dr. MercolaMercola.com
November 21st, 2011
If you buy special shampoo for your baby, the last thing you'd expect it to contain would be known or suspected carcinogens...

Woes for Johnson & Johnson
by Michael L. DiamondUSA Today
November 20th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson, the gold standard for American corporations, has been admired for its devotion to a simple business philosophy: Put your customers first, no matter the cost, and profits will follow.

Johnson & Johnson agrees to make its baby products a little bit cleaner
by Lisa Elaine HeldWell and Good NYC
November 17th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (and babies!) scored a major victory this Wednesday, when Johnson & Johnson agreed to reformulate all of its baby products worldwide to no longer include formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

Johnson & Johnson Needs to Provide More Action, Answers
by Deidre ImusFox News
November 17th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson announced plans to eliminate potentially carcinogenic chemicals from certain baby shampoos within two years. Sounds like great news, right? Not exactly.

Corporations: Invest in Safer Products, Not Spin Doctors!
by Stacy MalkanNot Just A Pretty Face
November 17th, 2011
What do climate-science deniers and “spin doctors” who attack environmental health protections have in common? They’re like moths to the flame of an activist victory for safer products. Ever since my organization succeeded in pressuring Johnson & Johnson to get carcinogens out of its baby products, the “boys who know best” are coming round to tell us not to worry our pretty little heads about cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo

J&J steadily removing toxins from baby products
Associated Press
November 16th, 2011
Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world.

Markey on Johnson & Johnson Decision to Remove Carcinogens from Baby Products
Congressman Ed Markey
November 16th, 2011
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and co-author of the Safe Cosmetics Act, released the following statement today after Johnson & Johnson announced their plan to reformulate all its baby products worldwide to remove formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. The company’s renowned baby shampoo still contains formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in the United Sates even though formaldehyde-free versions of the product are available in other countries.

Johnson & Johnson, amid activists’ push, starts removing toxic chemicals from baby products
The Washington Post
November 16th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson has begun removing two harmful chemicals from its iconic baby shampoo and other baby products in the U.S.

My newborn's 'baptism' into a toxic world
by Erin BolesMomsRising blog
November 8th, 2011
I was surprised when the nurse took Thomas to the sink for his first bath so quickly. My plan indicated that Thomas be washed with just water, or at least with the soap that we carefully chose for him but, before I knew it, out came the bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo.

China says Johnson & Johnson should 'practise morality'
AsiaOne News
November 7th, 2011
China said on Monday Johnson & Johnson should “practise morality”, a week after the U.S. consumer and healthcare group was accused of continuing to sell baby shampoo with a possible cancer-causing ingredient.

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