Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of its talk -based baby powder products on Friday after the Food and Drug Administration found traces of cancer-causing asbestos in test test. The recall follows legal losses and an investigation report linking exposure of asbestos to the company's talc products .
The recall will affect only a lot of baby powder, which still amounts to 33,000 bottles. According to the company, the FDA was asked to find "sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination" in a sample taken from a bottle purchased online; another tested by the FDA turned negative. No damage appears to have been reported with the products. But in a statement from the company Friday, the company said the recall was made "by an abundance of caution."
The company added that it "has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure that cosmetic talk is safe and years of testing, including the FDA's own tests on previous occasions ̵
However, in December last year, a investigation report revealed Reuters evidence that the company knew for decades that some of its own and independent tests had detected asbestos in its products ; J&J took also measures to conceal these findings from the public and the FDA, reported Reuters . The company directly denied these allegations and argued that the overall scientific evidence does not indicate a link between talk-based consumer products and cancer.
however, there is no safety level for exposure to asbestos in humans, and since talk is often interrupted near sources of asbestos , there is always a risk of cross contamination.
T his March, a jury page by a California woman who claimed that she had developed cancer from decades of using J & J's baby powder and awarded her $ 29.4 million; the company also failed to overturn a judgment fee of $ 4.69 billion in another case involving 22 women in December last year. The complainants in these latter cases, unlike previous attempts to sue the company under their baby powder products, have expressly argued that talc-related asbestos could have caused their cancer.
In 2018, the FDA initiated a new fact-finding mission, testing a variety of talc-based cosmetic products for asbestos. While a final report is still pending, the Agency has periodically sent public advice and called for recalls of products containing asbestos. For example, in June, cosmetics store Claire s announced a recall of products that the FDA had detected asbestos in, while another recall of Beauty Plus Global followed in September.