Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall of 33,000 bottles of baby powder last week after trace amounts of asbestos were found in the bottles.
The US Food and Drug Administration tested a bottle purchased online and found it contaminated, though Johnson & Johnson said they found levels of chrysotile asbestos that “were no greater than 0.00002.”
Johnson & Johnson has recalled bottles from lot #22318RB that were produced and shipped within the U.S. last year. The company said anyone with a bottle from that lot should stop using it and reach out to them for a refund.
After learning about the asbestos, Johnson and Johnson “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.”
Lyndsay Meyer, an FDA spokeswoman, told CNN that there was “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 told Fatherly.
On its end, Johnson & Johnson said they pulled the baby powder “out of an abundance of caution.”
In recent years, Johnson & Johnson have faced lawsuits claiming that asbestos in its talcum powder causes cancer. In some cases, Johnson & Johnson had to pay multi-million payments to plaintiffs.
After the announcement of this voluntary recall, major retailers such as CVS, Walmart, and Rite Aid have pulled Johnson & Johnson baby powder from their shelves.
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