On October 18th, Johnson & Johnson issued a precautionary recall of 33,000 bottles of baby powder. Federal regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos in a single bottle of the product purchased online.
Although the company is standing by its product, stating, “[Johnson & Johnson] 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,”, they are recalling 33,000 bottles produced in one lot as an extra precaution.
The company is currently investigating the cause of contamination that occurred in a single bottle found to contain trace amounts of asbestos by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At this time, they are not making any preliminary guesses as to how the bottle became contaminated, but have not ruled out that the bottle could be counterfeit.
Again backing their product, the statement read, “Thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos. Our talc comes from our sources confirmed to meet our stringent specifications that exceed industry standards.”
The company is still in the spotlight after multiple lawsuits were filed claiming their powders had caused ovarian cancer and other health problems. Johnson & Johnson won many of the cases but are currently appealing some unfavorable judgments, including a $4.6 billion settlement awarded to 22 women in July.
The company’s shares have been plunging since December of 2018 and dropped an additional 4.1% immediately following Friday’s recall.
If you have Johnson & Johnson baby powder, you’ll need to check for a Lot Number on the product. If your bottle is from lot No. 22318RB, you are advised to stop using the product. You can contact Johnson & Johnson for a full refund.