Baby ShampooIf you purchased Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or Wal-Mart brand Equate Tearless Baby Wash, you may want to stop using it. A class action lawsuit has been approved this month that claims these products may contain a toxin linked to cancer.

The class action lawsuit, filed earlier this year, accuses Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Stores of selling shampoo and baby wash that allegedly contains methylene chloride, an ingredient banned by the FDA in cosmetics because it’s linked to cancer. The law firm that filed the lawsuit is also investigating Target’s Night-time Bath and Body Wash, which is not currently named in the suit.

A third Johnson & Johnson plant is now also under investigation for alleged quality concerns. The new Johnson & Johnson plant is one that manufactures Pepcid and Mylanta among other products.

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71 Comments

  • Anonymous March 5, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Is this legit? Is there actually a carcinogen in the product and what are they saying to use as an alternative?

    • elizabeth March 28, 2014

      Yes look up some of the ingredients listed on the bottle. And our hospitals use this & send new mothers home with samples!!

  • Anonymous April 13, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Use natural products – not usually sold in stores – avoid parabens, 1,4 dioxane, synthetic fragrances, SLS, MIT, anything ending in “cone” and anything with a whole bunch of numbers in the ingredient name! If you aren’t sure check EWG database to check them out.8-)

  • Anonymous April 18, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Use California Baby products, or anything else that contains only ingredients you can pronounce. So glad I never put that stuff on my baby. Just because it’s what our parents used on us, doesn’t mean it’s the best.

  • Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    There are a number of alternatives to Johnson’s & Johnson’s. You can try Arbonne’s ABC Baby Care Line – these products are Vegan Certified, PETA approved and made from herbal and botanical ingredients. Visit arbonne.ca or aliyajackson.myarbonne.ca

  • Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Enter any products you have to see how good or bad they are at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.org – Enviornmental Working Group (EWG) does fantastic work!
    They give you a # (zero the best to 10) to see how toxic anything your using maybe. Another site I like too to investigate toys for kids is http://www.healthystuff.org from Cars to Carseats.

  • Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    yep, Arbonne’s Baby Care products work the best for us, and the best part is, i know they’re safe!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Just Sunday night my aunt was showing me her 4 year olds back and arms that are permanently scarred from using the Johnson & Johnson soap this past year. It’s bad scarring. Wonder how they can be added to this class action?

  • Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Does this lawsuit include Aveeno products? They are also Johnson&Johnson.

    • Whit Stults March 27, 2014

      Whether it includes it or not Aveeno is just as bad…

  • Anonymous April 20, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    im with Ruth..does this include ALL Johnson & Johnson products or just that specific shampoo? this really freaks me out and ticks me off!

  • Anonymous April 20, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    USE ARBONNE PRODUCTS! they are he safest on the market! They have sun block safe enough to use on a new born, which is the ONLY sun block on the market you can do that with!:-*

  • Anonymous April 21, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    i have 2 kids my youngest her scalp is so dry noyhing will help and all i used was johnsons my oldest her skin is so dry and she has marks on her body i have used johnsons on them for 5 and a half years what am i to do

    • David Porteous April 3, 2014

      Try virgin coconut oil

    • Judy April 30, 2014

      Use Original Sprouts. It’s all organic and helps tremendously. I own a children’s salon and we deal with dilemmas like yours daily. We are Chloe’s Carousel, located in San Diego but you can go on their website and see where there is a salon who sells it near you.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    @alice….apply and rub a little bit of olive or coconut oil into your daughters scalp before she goes to bed. No need to rinse it out. When you wash her hair use a gentle all-natural shampoo. We use Nature’s Gate baby shampoo: http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Gate-Rainwater-Shampoo-liquid/dp/B000I4AC60.

  • Anonymous April 27, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Use Water! babies and kids don’t need soap at all, even the natural stuff. Soap strips the natural oils off skin and then the body produces more oils to replace them… it is a viscous cycle. And no, not using soap doesn’t mean not clean.

    • Jesse Barry June 9, 2014

      Great point and great idea!

  • Anonymous April 30, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    I trrusted Shaklee products for my babies. They are safe, and they will never be recalled ! Science is behind all the products and the most natural ingredients are used. :-)

  • Anonymous May 1, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    OMGoodness!! I have used this on my 8 year old daughter since she was born!! Besides, from throwing it away, what else can the consumer do about this?

  • Anonymous May 6, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Hey Folks! Thanks for all of the comments! Please note, if you’re pitching your own product (i.e., Shaklee) and link to your own website your comment will be deleted. We’re happy to see people discussing options but if you want to advertise you’ll need to do it directly through us or Google AdWords. Feel free to continue to have a healthy discussion, but, don’t shill your own stuff. 8-)

    Thanks,
    TCA Staff

  • Anonymous May 16, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    [img][/img]]I have been using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo for the past 3 yrs or more for Dry Eye Syndrome per by ophthalmologist, also, use prescription eye drops for this condition.

  • Anonymous May 16, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    I have been using Johnson Baby Shampoo for more than 3 yrs. for Dry Eyes Syndrome per recommendation by my Ophthalmologist in addition to using prescription eye drops after cleansing with Johnson Baby Shampoo.

  • Anonymous May 20, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Hey Everyone, I have studied the toxins in the over the counter products for over four years. I can send you a free toxin report that will help educate you. Just ask at: lsanow@knology.net

  • Anonymous June 9, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    I don’t understand why people need to feel so important that it’s necessary to police people in what they can or cannot say here. I don’t know who is trying to sell something, but why do others care. If they have something to offer or help another, what business is it of yours to dictate what is appropriate or not>:o

  • Anonymous June 12, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    @Julie

    The people “policing” the advertising on this page would be the owners – Top Class Actions. I think that gives them the right. They only deleted the posts that were posting their affiliate links. People shouldn’t take advantage of a parents panic to try and sell them a product.

    Thanks,
    Savanah

  • Anonymous June 13, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Is it only the regular baby shampoo? I have the calming lavender shampoo and the extra conditioning shampoo but I do not see that ingredient or the other name that it is known by
    (Dichloromethane). Are they still using this in their current products or just ones made before they were caught?

  • Anonymous June 30, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    Did anyone else notice that the last time it was updated was August 2010? Is there any current information?

  • Anonymous July 26, 2011

    Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart Sued for Selling Toxic Baby Shampoo
    As washing baby’s hair is always a challenge, it is important that this shampoo is really gentle on eyes. The fact that it does not sting when getting in the eyes makes getting their hair washed a little easier task. And a trick I discovered after my son started walking – washing hair in the shower is so much easier than doing it in the bathtub!

    With some products I do not like to experiment with, I try to go with products that minimize the chance of not working, and are recommended by true friends or doctors. I asked my doctor about baby shampoo and then all my friends. Shielo is the only brand I trust on my baby’s skin, specifically their Shielo Hydrate Shampoo and Shielo Hydrate Vibrancy Conditioner.

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011

    …some useful information but like most things when it comes to our newborns, us parents have to get through the smoke screens and information given by companies out to earn money! Who do we believe? Each babies experience is probably different from another due to their own skin type etc! But I think that there should be tougher guidelines in the US as is the case by some other European counties! Unfortunately It seems to be all about the Benjamins with these large corporations noadays!

  • Anonymous August 23, 2011

    Thank you Savannah for reinforcing why people shouldn’t push their “products” on us on this site. I get so tired of people who sell Arbonne trying to shove their over priced products down our throats. There are plenty of cheaper healthy options out there. Such as the Method baby line, Burt’s bees and even Costco has a line of organic body wash. Parents need to do their research and know what we are putting on our kids, but we don’t have to spend an arm and leg to do it.

  • Anonymous September 27, 2011

    We stay away from Johnson & Johnson. Organic castile soap and coconut oil are all you need.

  • Anonymous November 4, 2011

    my grand daughter face and body is breaking out like a rash and has been like that every sence she was a baby and now she is two and still has a rash.

  • Anonymous November 6, 2011

    Doesn’t everything cause cancer now a days? My kids are 10 and 13 never had issues… But like I said anymore everything causes cancer anymore… It’s getting redundant!

  • Anonymous November 6, 2011

    Used Johnson and Johnson No More Tears, Nighttime Calming Lavender, and now Aveeno for 3 yrs. Love their products and my son is just fine. Sorry if other people had a bad experience, but it’s like Pampers; some kids can’t wear them because of the rash they get, others do fine. When are they going to get sued? They’re the only diaper that goes to size 7 and for the special needs community this is important. Not every kid has a bad reaction. I’m lactose intolerant, but if “dairy” is not listed on something, I’m not going to sue.””

  • Anonymous November 7, 2011

    Just learn to read labels.If you don’t know what the ingredient is then take the time to do the research. I have multiple chemical sensitivities and have learned over time certain ingredients cause me problems. Don’t forget all natural does not necessarily mean it is safe.

  • Anonymous November 7, 2011

    its not about rashes, its about future cancers firstly, secondly many things DO cause cancer so why would you not want to protect your babies from this??

  • Anonymous December 5, 2011

    I am very sad to here this news i will not used any more !!!!

  • Anonymous January 13, 2012

    For naturally derived products, not just baby products, but for your whole household, email me for information and a no obligation webinar from the comfort of your home. Alot of your household products, the products that you use to clean your home or your spray into the air to freshen your home have carcinogens. Email me for more information of how to replace these products and save money in the long run. LivingInWellness@comcast.net

  • Anonymous August 31, 2012

    Organic, affordable baby line at http://www.ourlemongrassspa.com/2033

  • Anonymous November 23, 2012

    Johnson and Johnson’products are the worst and untursted products to use and they are increasing cancer rate all over the world. please stop using all their products.

  • Jacqui January 1, 2013

    Does Suave Kids 2 in 1 shampoos have any cancer causing ingredients?

  • Shantell January 8, 2013

    I used this in my baby hair and it made his head baf so I stop.

  • Shantell January 8, 2013

    I used this in my baby hair and it made his head baf so I stop.

  • Shantell January 8, 2013

    I used this in my baby hair and it made his head baf so I stop.

  • Melanie January 9, 2013

    I am making the switch from conventional baby soaps to homemade natural baby body wash and shampoo. There are many tutorials online. Its much cheaper and much safer than anything you can find in these conventional baby soaps. Remember that even if the FDA approves an ingredient, it doesn’t mean that there are side effects or health hazards linked to the ingredient. Its definitely worth looking into for the health of our children!

  • Rita February 4, 2013

    I used to slather my new baby in their lotion every single day! Sickening! I’ve known about them for a couple years now and switched stores, shopping online for safe products with a company I trust. I actually talk about how the J&J shampoo anethetizes eyes in my presentations with the wellness company I work with.

    EDITOR’S NOTE – Any links to external websites shilling shampoo are removed immediately. If you want to advertise your business contact us or create an ad using Google AdWords and select us as one of the websites to run it on…

  • Mary February 5, 2013

    I am not surprised that there is a lawsuit. In Canada, by law you don’t have to put ingredients on the label, unless you can drink the product.

    My sources say that products can be sold on store shelves and do not have to have any testing by gov’t. Tearless shampoos contain an ingredient that numbs the eyes so they don’t feel the sting. You can
    go to my personal website (LINK REMOVED BY EDITOR – NO POSTING OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES THAT ARE SELLING PRODUCTS TO OUR VIEWERS. Pay for ads like everyone else people.)

  • StylishConsumer February 5, 2013

    My daughter has sensitive skin. So I have always used this Johnson & Johnson in her hair. This is ridiculous.

  • melody February 7, 2013

    My father has been using this in the shower to clean his eyes. I know it sounds crazy but for as long as I can remember since childhood, I’m 35 now, he uses it to wash hos eyes. Literally puts lather IN his eyes. Hmmm.

  • Marlene February 14, 2013

    From what I’ve read online J&J is reformulating its entire children’s line to avoid any & all carcinogens by sometime b4 the end of this year (2013) and all adult products by I believe the first quarter of 2014! That said, I’m wondering if Aveeno which I’ve been using for years is safe. Didn’t specify which products in either case. To be safe I just decided to avoid J&J and go to other safer product lines. Yes to carrots has a wonderful adult line of lotions and makeup, method, 7th Generation, and Burts Bees are some of my favorites that I’ve researched and feel safe using.

  • Lenora Russell March 5, 2013

    I used that product on my newborn. She got a severe skin reaction that caused her to hospitalized for 8 days. I hate J&J products. My lawyers will be fighting on my side.

  • Lenora Russell March 5, 2013

    Also her hair caught on fire from using Ivory Soap and Brillo Pads.

  • DEBRA PAPADOPULOS March 8, 2013

    I quit buying these products. scarey.

  • gina March 10, 2013

    This is scary, especially since I was diagnosed with blepharitis, an infection of the eye, and one of the treatments my eye doctor told me to do was wash my eyes out daily with baby shampoo, so I bought the “Johnson’s” brand, thinking it was the best, and would be the most delicate on the eyes, not knowing I probably was doing more damage.

  • Jen March 22, 2013

    Any updates on this????

  • Gail McDew March 29, 2013

    I have been using Johnson and Johnson since 1996 for my nieces and nephrews. Whenever I washed their hair and lotion their skin, I observed several skin rashes and patches of hair falling out.

  • Carlysha Harrington March 29, 2013

    i used jonhsons shampoo and body wash on my newborn son in the year of June 2010, and my sons whole body broke out with rashes of bumps and it was red rashes all over his body i had to make him a doctors appointment and the doctor told me to never use jonhsons baby products on an baby younger then six months because it has chemicals that damages their skin, so i was told to only use dove or aveeno soap. i used johsons body wash on my daughter of may of 2012 and she boke out very bad at the lower partof her body on the belly and private area and also her face the sameway my son did.

  • Karina March 29, 2013

    This is why I Only use Melaleucas products! Everything is safe to use around kids, pets, and food. Email me for more info. EDITOR’S NOTE – If you want to sell your products on this site contact us or use Google AdWords. Links to websites and email addresses will be deleted.

  • Alonzo Sledge April 9, 2013

    I’ve been using this for years, especially since I have sensitive skin and was recom by derm M.D.

  • Chana Egly April 22, 2013

    I did not like the fact that Wells tFargo did not always follow through on its promise to modify more payments.

  • cherion price April 23, 2013

    I am very sad to here this news i will not used any more !!!!

  • jessica August 30, 2013

    Is it just the original shampoo I use the Johnson naturals baby wash and shampoo should I stop using it

  • jessica leszewski August 30, 2013

    Is it just the original shampoo I use the Johnson naturals baby wash and shampoo should I stop using it

  • jessica leszewski August 30, 2013

    Is it just the original shampoo I use the Johnson naturals baby wash and shampoo should I stop using it

  • jessica leszewski August 30, 2013

    Is it just the original shampoo I use the Johnson naturals baby wash and shampoo should I stop using it

  • jessica leszewski August 30, 2013

    Is it just the original shampoo I use the Johnson naturals baby wash and shampoo should I stop using it

  • marlana September 3, 2013

    has this class action suit been reached as of 9/30/13

  • raymond finch March 27, 2014

    I have been using the Johnson baby shampoo at Walmart for years

  • organic lady March 28, 2014

    In the uk midwives tell you to avoid johnson products at all costs. The problem with these ingredients is the long term damage to your childs health. So for those of you who have been using them for the 5 yrs with no reaction its not now but maybe 20 30 years time. Always go for certified organic, never just organic as the chances are it isn’t. Oh and arbonne is def not natural!! Funny how their ingredients are never disclosed on the website!! I have friends who are ex consultants who have products still in their cupboards and they had parabens, petro chemicals etc in even when they were told by their managers they didn’t! !! Do your own research, always analyse your ingredients list on line.

  • Jesse Barry June 9, 2014

    Just remember… If it’s not safe to injest, then why put it on your skin. Your skin is the largest organ of the body without a filter, therefore, whatever is rubbed onto your skin, has a greater chance of being absorbed straight into your bloodstream.

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