It’s sad that consumer product companies are happy to use science but won’t defend it.
The anti-chemical extremist Campaign for Safe Cosmetics apparently tested Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and detected quaternium-15, a preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde.
Clued-in to the release of the CFSC report, Johnson & Johnson issued this statement yesterday saying that it had already surrendered to junk science by phasing-out formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in 2009.
But whatever trace amounts of formaldehyde that may have been detectable in its products wouldn’t harm anything other than the targeted bacteria — it is the dose that makes the poison, after all.
Consumer product companies may reformulate all they want but until they deal with their actual problem — caving in to junk science-fueled activist groups whose agenda has nothing to do with product safety — they will always be vulnerable to spurious attack.