TALCUM POWDER RECALL: J&J Recalls Thousands of Bottles of Talcum Powder Due to Asbestos Contamination
On October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson announced it was recalling 33,000 bottles of talcum powder after testing by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found trace amounts of asbestos in the products. The explosive recall announcement comes as J&J faces thousands of lawsuits claiming its talcum powder contains asbestos. Thousands of claimants have argued that regular exposure to the baby powder has caused them to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
The recall marks the first time J&J has recalled its signature baby powder and comes just under a year after a Reuters investigation found the company had known for decades that its talcum powder had tested for small amounts of asbestos. That investigation examined thousands of internal J&J documents that showed the company had found asbestos in its talc dating back to 1972 but failed to warn consumers. One of these tests reported the asbestos levels as “rather high.”
Asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen by the US Department of Health & Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Asbestos exposure is highly toxic and commonly linked to mesothelioma and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary. Talc is often mined from deposits that can contain asbestos.
The recalled talcum powder was distributed in 2018. The lot number for the 22-ounce bottles included in the baby powder recall is #22318RB.
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