Johnson & Johnson announces a recall of some 33,000 bottles of Johnson's Baby Powder on Friday, after FDA tests it asbestos in a single bottle of the product purchased online.
People who own a bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder from Lot Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) said in a release announcing the recall and refunds.
"The FDA is not aware of any adverse events related Gloria Sánchez-Contreras said in a statement emailed to Buzzfeed News.
Johnson & Johnson's talcum products contributed to their cancers. In one historic decision last year, a jury awarded $ 4.69 billion to 22 women and their families.
Soft, powdered talc absorbs moisture and is used in a range of cosmetics, from eye shadow to baby powder.
The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer considers all forms of asbestos carcinogenic to humans and has said that the mineral causes cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovaries, as well as mesotheliomas, which are cancers that develop in the inner lining of tissue surrounding some organs. Because of this risk, the FDA recommends frequent testing of talc products, as well as inspecting talc mining sites to avoid contamination.
Johnson & Johnson has argued that they do not like it. "JJCI has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA's own testing on prior occasions ̵
The New York Times reported last year that Johnson & Johnson executives had discussed the possibility of asbestos contamination in its powder and talc products in internal company memos. Company chiefs were worried that the Johnson's Baby Powder brand would be tarnished, and were concerned about a government ban on talc, the report said. Over decades spanning the 1970s to 2000s, the company's raw talc and products have been tested positive for asbestos, Reuters reported in December, citing company documents produced in litigation.
The link between asbestos-free and cancer is less clear, according to to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Findings from many studies in women have been mixed, "with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase," the ACS states.
Johnson & Johnson in the past has dismissed the claims of a cancer link as "junk science."
"JJCI has already initiated a rigorous, thorough investigation into this matter, and is examining the validity of the test results, "The company said Friday.