India questions chemicals of concern in baby products

India questions chemicals of concern in baby products

The Indian Government’s Children’s Agency has asked Indian states to test baby talc and ‘No more tears’ from Johnson and Johnson, looking for asbestos in the former and formaldehyde in the latter.

CANCERactive recently covered court cases in the USA linking ovarian cancer to use of J&J’s talc products. Two large fines have now been levied on J&J. Our own Chris Woollams has toured the world explaining the chemicals of concern that exist in everyday products frequently over the last twelve years - his only prop is a dustbin!.

While Western Governments stall, India takes a lead. There are many chemicals of concern in everyday products. For example: 

Formaldehyde is a class A carcinogen and comes under about 40 different guises – methyl aldehyde being commonly used in shampoos.

Talcum powder can contain Tremolite, a form of asbestos deemed carcinogenic to humans by IARC.

But while the above two compounds are the issue for the Indian Government, there are many more everyday products, and many more chemicals of concern that have been highlighted by expert Health Bodies like IARC.

For example, other chemicals of concern include triclosan, sodium fluoride, parabens, Bisphenol A, phthalates, dichllorobenzene - we could go on. And on.

And it is not simply an issue of cancer risk. Various chemicals of concern have been linked to PCOS, infertility, diabetes, gut problems, blood pressure and heart attack risk - even mouth ulcers. In fact pretty well all of the modern Western diseases.

Go to: A range of toiletry and personal care products free from chemicals of concern

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