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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Popular Baby Powder For Asbestos Contamination

Johnson & Johnson is temporarily removing a popular product from the U.S. market after reports of contamination. The company recalled the Johnson's Baby Powder for potential presence of asbestos.

Johnson & Johnson announced the voluntary recall on Friday, which will cover baby powder bottles from lot #22318RB. The recalled products were produced and shipped in the country in 2018, CNN reported

The decision comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered levels of chrysotile asbestos in product samples. The company placed 33,000 bottles of the potentially contaminated Johnson's Baby Powder on the market in the past year.

The FDA said the people with baby powder bottles from lot #22318RB should stop using the product. Consumers can request a refund from Johnson & Johnson.

"I understand today's recall may be concerning to all those individuals who may have used the affected lot of baby powder," Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement. "I want to assure everyone that the agency takes these concerns seriously and that we are committed to our mandate of protecting the public health."

The agency said exposure to asbestos has been linked to cancer. However, Johnson & Johnson noted that the level of contamination in the recalled baby powder reached only 0.00002 percent. 

The company added that investigation is ongoing and it has yet to determine if cross-contamination occurred. The asbestos potentially entered the tested product, which FDA purchased online, through a broken seal or the powder itself was not authentic.

An FDA spokeswoman said the agency did not find any indication of cross-contamination during lab tests. But she noted they have yet to confirm with Johnson & Johnson if the samples were authentic powder from the company. 

Johnson & Johnson said it "has immediately initiated a rigorous, thorough investigation into this matter, and is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the tested sample, and the validity of the test results."

“Thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos," the company added. 

The FDA aims to issue the full results of its investigations by the end of 2019. 

Johnson's Baby Powder Johnson's Baby Powder, Talc, Talcum, ingredients, pics by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube. Mike Mozart/flickr

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