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DANGEROUS CHEMICALS TO BE REMOVED FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON PRODUCTS

The organic movement has heightened the public’s awareness of potentially dangerous chemicals which may be present in their food. As a result, Americans everywhere are increasingly choosing to buy organic dairy, produce and meats. However, other dangerous products harbor chemicals which are just as hazardous, if not more so, than the pesticides and hormones present in some foods.

In response to public frustration over certain chemicals in baby and beauty products, Johnson and Johnson has recently pledged to “remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3½ years,” according to USA Today.

The New-Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant had already planned to rid “chemicals of concern” from all of its baby products as of late last year. J&J only made this move after a coalition of environmental and health safety advocates had pressured the company to do so for several years. As a result of this earlier pledge, J&J will likely have its baby products reformulated by the end of next year. If the newest pledge is fulfilled as scheduled, adult products will be retooled by December of 2015.

Some of the well-known products receiving a chemical makeover will include Desitin diaper rash cream, Johnson’s baby bath products and lotions, and adult brands Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC and Lubriderm.

It is critical that Johnson & Johnson approaches the chemical reinvention of these products with care. Otherwise, alternative ingredients may lend themselves to reactions in consumers and other dangers associated with various beauty products.

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SWIMMING FATALITY NUMBERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN RELEASED

Earlier this month, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released some tragic and startling statistics. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day of this summer, 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in swimming pool accidents. In addition, nearly 170 children in that age group required the efforts of emergency responders for injuries sustained in near-fatal accidents.

The chairperson of the CPSC recently elaborated on these statistics in a release to the public. She noted that “These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem. We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated.”

She continued by saying that, “while summer is ending, our vigilance in ensuring that all children pool safely must not end. With so many indoor community pools, hotel pools and spas, indoor water parks, as well as outdoor pools that remain open in warm-weather states, we must continue our efforts to remind everyone to pool safely whenever they are near the water.”

What exactly does it mean to “pool safely?” Primarily, it means keeping an eye on kids while they are in the water. Thirty-one of the deceased children drowned in the presence of others, while an additional 54 died not long after leaving an adult who remained in their immediate area. It is not enough to simply be present while children are in the water. Adults must also pay strict attention to them.

It is important for adults to understand this critical fact. Please check back later this week as we discuss the CPSC’s vision for water safety in the coming year, which will include critical adult education on the issue.