Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Recalled Because of Asbestos

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Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Recalled Because of Asbestos

Johnson and Johnson has voluntarily recalled its baby powder because 33,000 bottles were contaminated with asbestos. All bottles with the lot number 22318RB were produced and shipped within the United States this year. To protect human health, the FDA continually tests products that contain talc to ensure they are asbestos free. When testing this time, the FDA found the asbestos and asked for a recall.

Only a small amount of asbestos was found (.00002 percent), but any amount is still dangerous. The company doesn’t know if cross contamination occurred or if the sample came from a bottle with a broken seal, but Johnson and Johnson is checking to ensure the test results are accurate. The FDA stands by its testing procedures and is sure that the talc was contaminated with asbestos. Johnson and Johnson says that it is investigating to make sure that the sample used was authentic and that it vigorously tests its talc, and no asbestos was found during its testing.

This is not the first time that asbestos has been found in talc containing products or even Johnson and Johnson baby powder. It was reported that asbestos was found in Johnson’s baby powder and the company knew it for years. Since at least 1971 asbestos was found in Johnson and Johnson baby powder and the executives covered it up. Many people have used this baby powder on themselves and their loved ones, unknowingly exposing themselves and others to dangerous carcinogens.

Asbestos has also been found in other talc based products including powdered makeup. In March, the FDA tested different products from Claire’s and Justice and found that eye shadow, compact powder, contour powder, and shimmer powder all contained asbestos. Claire’s fought the accusation and said that their products do not contain asbestos, but the company finally pulled the products from the shelves and stopped selling them. In June, the same thing happened with Claire’s JoJo Siwa makeup. Asbestos was found in the products and the company was forced to recall them.

With asbestos showing up in talc products, people may not know that they are exposing themselves to dangerous carcinogens. Asbestos is hiding in many different talc based products and the only way to be sure to avoid exposure is to avoid these products altogether. If you were exposed to asbestos and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us at 412-471-3980 or fill out our contact form to speak to an attorney and learn your options.

Jacqueline Howard, “Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder due to asbestos concerns” CNN (October 18, 2019). [Link]

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