Fri, Mar 25, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Safety concerns spark inspection of J&J baby products

By Jackie Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Amid growing concerns that some baby products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson might contain harmful ingredients, the Department of Health requested inspections to assure public health, according to a statement issued yesterday.

The department said it has ordered Taipei City Government's health authorities to conduct examinations of the company's products.

The statement, however, did not provide details as to which products will be examined and when the results will be released.

The government response came after health authorities in India expressed concerns over the US company's baby oil products which use liquid paraffin as the base.

Liquid paraffin, or mineral oil, is an ingredient in baby oil, baby lotion and baby shampoo. The Indian Food and Drug Administration claimed it might cause cancer and not good for a baby's skin.

On Wednesday, the Taiwan branch of Johnson & Johnson said that Taiwan's products are manufactured in South Korea, while the disputed Indian products are produced in Indian factories.

The local company also said the liquid paraffin used in their products is highly purified and therefore is safe for use.

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