A consignment of baby powder has been recalled by Johnson & Johnson after the American Food and Drug Administration found evidence of carcinogenic asbestos. The company gave this information on Friday. According to the New York Times news, after denying the presence of a carcinogen in the powder for months, the company said the regulator detected chrysotile asbestos in baby powder samples purchased from an online retailer. Following this news, the company's shares fell 4.6% on Friday.
A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson said the # 22318RB lot has been recalled, with 33,000 bottles sold by an undisclosed retailer. This is the first time Johnson & Johnson has recalled baby powder from the market.
The company has said that it has taken product withdrawal as a precautionary measure in the US. "In the last 40 years, thousands of tests have repeatedly confirmed that our powder does not contain asbestos," the company said in a statement. The company has also said that its investigation may take 30 more days.
The company has been accused earlier that its powder contains carcinogenic elements. Thousands of people have filed a case against the company for causing mesothelioma due to baby powder, which is an aggressive cancer. Asbestos is said to be responsible for this.