J&J recalls lot of Baby Powder on trace levels of asbestos

J&J recalls lot of Baby Powder on trace levels of asbestos

For years, J&J has defended against lawsuits linking its talcum powder to cancer by saying the products are safe and don't contain asbestos.

The voluntary recall introduced on Friday is proscribed to at least one lot of Johnson's Child Powder produced and shipped in america in 2018, the corporate stated.

Last year, a New York Times investigation found that executives at Johnson & Johnson were aware for up to 50 years of possible asbestos contamination in its baby powder but didn't alert consumers.

The stock price of J&J fell by 2.5 percent on Friday after the announcement was made.

Acting on the alert, the American multinational, which has long been facing similar charges but always insisted its products were safe, has for the first time recalled the baby powder - only the affected batch - from the U.S. market. "The facts are clear - Johnson's Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos nor does it cause cancer, as reflected in more than 40 years of scientific evidence", the statement reads.

Regardless of the precautionary measure, the pharmaceutical company said the baby powder does not contain asbestos.

"I can't confirm where this exact sample came from", she said, adding that the matter is still being investigated. Johnson & Johnson Company manufactures a variety of products including baby powder, antipsychotic risperdal opioids, medical devices, and more.

The company said that it is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which tested the bottle, and has started an investigation into how and when the product was contaminated.

Asbestos has been linked to a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma. While talc products contributed about US$420 million to J&J's US$76.5-billion in revenue in 2017, Baby Powder is considered an essential facet of the conglomerate's carefully tended image as a caring company.

According to CBS 7, J&J received a complaint after a bottle that was purchased from an unnamed online retailer contained chrysotile asbestos.

The results from the J&J's sample are part of FDA's ongoing survey of cosmetic products for asbestos.

In the latest statement from the baby products giant Johnson &Johnson, it said that it had recalled all its talc-based baby powder on Friday. It added that it could not confirm whether the tested product was authentic or counterfeit. Additionally, this July, a jury in St. Louis awarded almost $4.7 billion to 22 women who sued the company, claiming that asbestos in the company's talcum powder had contributed to their ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over the effects of its talcum powder.

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