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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns

— October 18, 2019

A recall was recently issued for Johnson & Johnson baby powder amid asbestos concerns.

Earlier today Johnson & Johnson issued a recall for a popular product – baby powder. The recall was issued over concerns that the Johnson’s Baby Powder may be contaminated with asbestos and came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a test on a bottle purchased online. That test “found levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination.” At the moment, the recall only includes one lot of the company’s baby powder that was produced and shipped throughout the U.S. last year.

Talcum powder
Talcum powder; image courtesy of Mattman723 via Wikimedia Commons,

The affected bottles are from lot #22318RB and included 33,000 bottles of baby powder. According to Johnson & Johnson, the levels of asbestos found during the random FDA test didn’t exceed 0.00002% and noted that the investigation into the matter is still in the early stage. That said, it cannot be said with certainty whether or not cross-contamination occurred or “whether the sample came from a bottle with an intact seal or whether the tested product is authentic.” In a statement the company said:

Johnson & Johnson has immediately initiated a rigorous, thorough investigation into this matter, and is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the tested sample, and the validity of the test results…The company has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions–and as recently as last month–found no asbestos. Thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos.”

For now, the company is urging anyone with the product to discontinue using it and instead return it for a refund.


Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder due to asbestos concerns

J&J Recalls Baby Powder on Asbestos Concern

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