J&J recalls 33,000 bottles of baby powder as FDA finds asbestos in sample
Johnson & Johnson announced it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after U.S. health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online, Reuters reported.
The move marks the first time the company has recalled its iconic baby powder for possible asbestos contamination, and the first time U.S. regulators have announced a finding of asbestos in the product.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that has been linked to deadly mesothelioma.
The FDA said in a statement that the latest sampling took place during its testing for asbestos in talc-containing cosmetics that it began reporting this year. A second Johnson’s Baby Powder sample from a different lot tested negative for asbestos, the agency said.
The FDA said it stands by the quality of its testing and results and recommended consumers stop using the product if it comes from the affected lot.
J&J said on the conference call that it received a report from the FDA on Oct. 17 alerting the company about the asbestos finding. It said it has started an investigation and is reviewing manufacturing records and collecting data on the distribution of the lot to determine where the product was shipped.