Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on October 18, 2019, that they will recall one single lot of their baby powder products in the United States. This is a voluntary recall by the company after the FDA reported trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle that was purchased online. The recall marks the first time Johnson & Johnson has recalled its popular baby powder products over potential asbestos contamination. This is also the first time United States regulators have announced findings of asbestos in the baby powder product.
Reason for Talcum Baby Powder Recall
J&J announced that this recall was issued because of the “abundance of caution” surrounding the contaminated product sample. The substance that was found in the sample of baby powder was chrysotile asbestos, a potential carcinogen and the most common type of asbestos in industrial applications. According to the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma, throat cancer, and ovarian cancer. J&J’s baby powder contains talc and during the talc mining process, the talc may become contaminated with asbestos if it is not properly purified. To avoid any type of contamination, the FDA recommends that talc-based products be tested frequently and that talc mining sites be properly inspected.
Which Baby Powder Lot is Being Recalled?
Johnson’s Baby Powder lot #22318RB has been officially recalled. The FDA and Johnson & Johnson said in their statements that anyone who has this lot of baby powder should immediately discontinue use and contact J&J for a refund. The recall includes around 33,000 bottles of baby powder that were produced and distributed in the United States in 2018. The contaminated sample was bought through an online vendor and so J&J is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the sample product as well as the validity of the test results.
The investigation is still in its early stages and so J&J cannot confirm the following:
- What caused a false positive
- If the sample product had an intact seal
- If the sample product was prepared in a controlled environment
- If the sample product is counterfeit
Johnson & Johnson Claim Thorough Testing of Talc Products
The company argues that they perform proper testing to check for talc contamination.
“JJCI 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,” the company said in its statement.
Last year, the New York Times published a report that discussed how Johnson & Johnson had known for years that there may be potential asbestos contamination in its talcum powder products. The report explained how company executives were concerned about the baby powder’s brand reputation and the possibility of a government ban on talc.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits Against J&J
The company faces thousands of lawsuits from plaintiffs who claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talc products have caused them to develop cancer. J&J has denied that their talc products cause cancer and has admitted no liability in these lawsuits. In 2018, 22 women and their families were awarded a verdict of $4.69 billion to settle talcum powder lawsuits. In the lawsuits, the women claimed that the asbestos contamination in Johnson’s Baby Powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.
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- Nathan Bomey. “Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after discovering small amounts of asbestos”, USA Today. Accessed October 18, 2019.
- Julie Steenhuysen and Lisa Girion. “J&J recalls 33,000 bottles of baby powder as FDA finds asbestos in sample”, Reuters. Accessed October 18, 2019.