J&J recalls baby powder for cancer-causing asbestos

Check out why Johnson & Johnson recalled their baby powders:

All over the world, Johnson & Johnson is considered to be a safe brand for Babies. Their products are used in many houses and what will be your reaction when you hear that their products are not safe anymore?

Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall of one lot of its talcum Baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of asbestos, which causes cancer. This announcement was made recently. The company informed that they were issuing the recall out of ‘an abundance of caution,’ as the amount of asbestos it found was ‘sub-trace,’ and limited to samples from a single bottle.

FYI, Asbestos is a carcinogen, known to cause mesothelioma – and many people have sued J&J, claiming that long-term exposure to the substance in its Baby Powder gave them cancer, which affects the lining of the chest.

Source BBC
Source BBC

Quoting FDA tests from last month, J&J Said that its products broadly do not contain asbestos, but it’s stock prices fell by 2.6 percent ahead of Friday trading, suggesting the public may be responding with skepticism.

For over a few decades, J&J claimed that its powder was asbestos-free. But a report published last year suggested that it wasn’t the case always and the company knew.

As per the report, from 1971 to 2000s, Baby Powder periodically tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and company higher-ups did not disclose the findings.

In the meantime, a growing number of Americans were evolving mesothelioma which is a rare cancer of the tissue that lines and protects certain organs, including the lungs and chest cavity.

It accounts for just 0.3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the US and, for those with pleural mesothelioma, the average survival time is only about 12 to 14 months.

Source business insider
Source business insider

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) contemplates the links between mesothelioma and asbestos solid enough to say that the toxin causes cancer.

And since this discovery has been made about the Baby Powder, more than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against J&J, claiming that its products had led to cancers and deaths.

The company said in a statement: J&J ‘has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s testing on prior occasions – and as recently as last month – found no asbestos,’.

Johnson & Johnson says that they are investigating the bottle could have been contaminated or if the product might have been counterfeit.