Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder took yet another hit recently amid concerns over asbestos contamination. On October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of over 30,000 bottles of their baby powder in the United States due to asbestos contamination.
FDA Discovers Asbestos in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Sample
This recent recall was prompted after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered asbestos contamination in samples of the baby powder that they had purchased online. FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless assured the public that they are dedicated to protecting public health and take these results seriously. Furthermore, he reports that the FDA will continue to test talc-based cosmetic products for asbestos to protect the public from the potential health risks of asbestos, which includes cancer.
The public should note that the FDA upholds the integrity of their testing. When handled and tested at the FDA, standard operating procedures were followed and, according to spokesperson Lyndsay Meyer, there is no evidence of cross-contamination.
What to Do If You Have a Recalled Bottle of Baby Powder
Consumers in possession of any Johnson’s Baby Powder labeled with lot #22318RB, should immediately discontinue the use of the product and either contact Johnson & Johnson directly for a refund or call Kazan Law so we can collect it for future testimony. Due to numerous findings of asbestos in talc based baby powder, it is recommended that consumers use corn starch and not talc based powders.
Furthermore, users of this product or other talc-based products who have experienced a mesothelioma diagnosis should contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney at Kazan Law to learn more about their legal options. Kazan Law has handled many talc mesothelioma cases, including the groundbreaking first talc mesothelioma verdict which resulted in a $117 million judgment.
The Problem with Asbestos
Talc and asbestos are natural minerals that can be found mixed together in their natural states, raising the risk of cross-contamination and exposure to the public of a known carcinogen.
In 2018, a Reuters report revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its baby powder products were contaminated with asbestos and deliberately did not share the information with the public.
Help from an Experienced California Mesothelioma Attorney
Cosmetic companies like Johnson & Johnson have a duty to only put products on the market that they know to be safe. They must adhere to specific health and safety standards. When they do not, the lives and well-being of innocent consumers could be at risk.
These companies should be held liable for the damages they cause and Kazan Law has won record setting verdicts against Johnson & Johnson and others. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, do not hesitate to call Kazan Law at 1-888-887-1238 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.