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J&J China to phase out toxic chemicals

By Zuo Ya (People's Daily)

11:20, November 22, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Johnson & Johnson will phase out the use of the preservative quaternium-15, a formaldehyde-releaser which may cause cancer, in its baby products worldwide over the next two years, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the U.S. pharmaceutical giant's Chairman and CEO William Weldon.

A senior executive at Johnson & Johnson (China) said in an interview, "The introduction, development, and submission of new products here are basically synchronized with our global headquarters in the United States. After receiving regulatory approval, we will unveil better products in China and other major markets based on out development of better formulas. In fact, we have launched more than 10 types of baby products in China. All these products have the greatest possible safety, purity and mildness, and all meet regulatory standards."

Johnson & Johnson (China) also published a statement on its official website on Nov. 16, stating that the amount of formaldehyde in an entire bottle of its baby shampoo is equivalent to the amount one consumes when they eat an apple or pear, and that the purpose of using preservatives is to kill bacteria and to ensure the safety of its products.

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