Babies and toddlers’ afterbath rituals are not complete without dusting them with the generous amount of baby powder, especially Johnson’s baby powder. Johnson baby powder with its baby powder scent and other Johnson products have been a household name and a favorite among mothers for more than 130 years now.
Recently, there were reports that Johnson & Johnson had pulled out their baby powder products in the US because of possible asbestos contamination. This is not the first time that the company has been involved in this kind of controversy and still facing several lawsuits concerning their baby powder products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted the public about the voluntary recall of Johnson & Johnson of Johnson’s Baby Powder and advised people to discontinue use of the baby powder with lot #22318RB. FDA also informed the consumers to contact the company for a refund.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration said that they have tested about 50 cosmetic products and tested two samples of Johnson’s Baby Powder. One sample from lot #22318RB was found to be positive for asbestos, and a second from lot #00918RA was found negative for asbestos.
What is asbestos?
According to cancer.org, asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers that are found in soil and rocks in many parts of the world. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and the Chrysotile asbestos is the one that was found in the tested baby powder.
Exposure to asbestos through inhalation can cause scarring of the lungs and other cancer-related illnesses, that’s why laws were enacted to ban the use of asbestos in industrial and commercial use.
Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recall Johnson’s baby powder in the United States
Based on the website of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., their consumer department has announced that they are initiating a voluntary recall in the United States of a single lot of its Johnson’s Baby Powder in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are about 33,000 bottles of baby powder that are out in the market with the lot no. 22318RB.
Johnson & Johnson also said that, although the test results conducted by FDA indicated the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002%) they will cooperate and collaborate with the FDA to check whether the bottles tested are fake and not authentic Johnson’s baby powder.
Johnson & Johnson stock went down after asbestos-related baby powder recall
According to marketwatch.com, in an active afternoon trading, JNJ stock suffered the biggest one-day drop in 10 months. Shares of Johnson & Johnson went down last Friday because of the news that the consumer-product giant’s recall of some baby powder after FDA tests revealed traces of asbestos.
Asbestos and other contaminants being found on health and cosmetic products is nothing new that’s why careful and rigid examination should be done to these products before they are marketed for the safety of the consuming public.