American multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday the initiation of a voluntary recall of baby powder in the United States after a US Food and Drug Administration test revealed traces of asbestos contamination in samples from a bottle purchased online.
The acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless explained in a statement on Friday that, “I understand today’s recall may be concerning to all those individuals who may have used the affected lot of baby powder”.
“I want to assure everyone that the agency takes these concerns seriously and that we are committed to our mandate of protecting the public health”.
“The FDA continues to test cosmetic products that contain talc for the presence of asbestos to protect Americans from potential health risks,” Sharpless added.
Thus, the company is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States and advising people who purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder from lot #22318RB, to discontinue using the product. Customers can even contact the company for a refund.
The company highlighted the following points
- the levels found were no greater than 0.00002%.
- it is too early to confirm whether cross-contamination occurred.
- it remains unsure if the sample came from a bottle with an intact seal.
- if the tested product is authentic.
FDA investigation to determine the integrity of the samples
Lyndsay Meyer, spokeswoman of FDA wrote in an email to CNN on Friday that, “FDA handling of the sample and testing followed standard operating procedures for laboratory analysis and FDA sees no indication of cross-contamination”.
“FDA will be working with Johnson & Johnson to facilitate further investigation to substantiate that the product is authentic. At this time, there is no indication that the product is counterfeit. Additionally, FDA is not aware of any records pointing to counterfeit Johnson’s baby powder in the US market,” Meyer’s email said.
For its part, Johnson & Johnson company announced that it “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”.
“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,” as relates CNN news.
As a reminder, Johnson & Johnson company has faced previous allegations of asbestos contamination in its talcum powder. Several charges have been filed against the company in the United States asserting the presence of asbestos in its talcum powder causes cancer.