The recall, which is limited to a batch of talcum bottles produced and shipped in the United States last year, comes in response to a US Food and Drug Administration test that found chrysotile asbestos contamination levels in samples from a purchased bottle. online, according to the company.
People with a bottle of Johnson & # 39; s Baby Powder from lot # 22318RB, which includes 33,000 bottles, are advised to discontinue use of the product and may contact the company for a refund.
The company noted that the levels found were no higher than 0.00002% and that at this early stage of its investigation into the matter, it could not confirm whether cross-contamination occurred, whether the sample came from an intact sealed bottle or whether O Product tested is authentic.
Johnson & Johnson "has immediately initiated a thorough and thorough investigation into this matter and is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the test sample and the validity of test results," the company said in its announcement.
The company "has a rigorous testing standard to ensure its cosmetic powder is safe and years of testing, including FDA testing itself on previous occasions – and recently last month – have not found asbestos. Thousands of tests in the last 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talcum products do not contain asbestos. "
Talcum powder is an ingredient used in many cosmetic products such as baby powder and blush. The FDA has been conducting ongoing research into the possible contamination of talc with asbestos.
For example, in March, the agency announced tests asbestos contamination found in certain cosmetic products sold by Claire & # 39; s and Justice resellers.
"Both talc and asbestos are natural minerals that can be found near the earth. Unlike talc, asbestos is a known carcinogen. There is the potential for talc to be contaminated with asbestos and therefore it is important to select talc. mining sites carefully and take steps to sufficiently test the ore, "according to the FDA.
Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that "the company is acting very cautiously."
The company faced allegations of asbestos contamination in its talcum powder.
AN Reuters report Published last year, it said the company was aware of decades of asbestos in its baby powder, but did not disclose that information. Lawsuits have been filed against the company in the United States, alleging that asbestos in its talcum powder causes cancer. Some of these cases judgments against Johnson & Johnson with multi-million dollar awards to the plaintiffs.