Johnson & Johnson’s talc situation continues getting worse, it seems. It all began as thousands of men and women filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant, claiming that its iconic Baby Powder product caused them to develop cancer. At the heart of the lawsuits lies the accusation that the talc powder used to make Baby Powder is contaminated with asbestos, a cancer causing mineral. Further allegations allege that the company has known for decades about the contamination but chose to hide it from customers and regulators. Now, the company is embroiled in lawsuits that have already cost the company millions. In another blow, BGR reports that the company has been forced to recall baby powder over possible asbestos contamination.
Johnson & Johnson revealed that a recent test completed by the Food & Drug Administration revealed that there might be trace amounts of asbestos in a lot of its iconic baby powder. The company has been forced to recall the contaminated product.
The recall affects only a single lot, Lot #22318RB. The company quickly issued a statement that it is only recalling this lot due to an “abundance of caution.”
While this recall only affects one lot, earlier this year, a jury sided with a woman claiming the baby powder gave her cancer. She was awarded $29 million.
In the recall bulletin, it appears that the company was already on the defensive. The bulletin said that the company cannot confirm whether the results were a “false positive” or that they hadn’t been taken from counterfeit products.
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