On behalf of the citizens of California, CAG sued Johnson & Johnson for allegedly using formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, as an ingredient in baby shampoo. Through litigation, we encouraged them to reformulate their shampoos to eliminate formaldehyde and all known toxins.
CAG learned that imports of shrimp from Asia may contain chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that is known to be hazardous for human consumption. Since the U.S. Customs Service does not possess the resources to monitor this problem, CAG persuaded these importers to self-monitor their shrimp shipments, to ensure that no shrimp imported into the U.S. contains this dangerous chemical.
Vehicle brake pads and brake shoes are commonly made with material containing asbestos. The dust that accumulates in the brake area contains very small asbestos particles. Asbestos is known to cause cancer. CAG discovered that certain manufacturers of brake pads were not warning their employees of the occupational hazards of working with these dangerous devices, including brake pads that were made for the Ford Focus. CAG successfully enforced Proposition 65 to ensure that employees were warned of the dangers.
Cell Phone Chargers
CAG recently settled a case against Mizco, Inc., a major importer of cell phone accessories. These components contained dangerous amounts of lead. CAG’s litigation resulted in a reformulation of cell phone chargers, thus reducing the exposure of lead to millions of consumers.