Johnson & Johnson continues to struggle with the lawsuits that allege its baby powder caused people to develop cancer. In the wake of those lawsuits came further allegations. The first allegation was that the company has internal memos dating back decades that infer the company was aware of asbestos contamination and hid it.
This triggered a federal investigation by both the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although jury decisions in the lawsuit so far have been mixed, further evidence came recently when the Food and Drug Administration recalled a lot of Baby Powder after finding asbestos contamination.
Fox Business reports that after the FDA warning of asbestos contamination, Johnson & Johnson rushed further tests.
Just eleven days after initiating a voluntary recall, Johnson and Johnson rushed independent tests for asbestos contamination. According to the company, no contamination was discovered.
However, other reports indicate that the results were actually more complicated.
A laboratory in Pennsylvania reported that it was forced to deviate from its typical testing techniques. The lab contends that it was forced to use a room typically dedicated to law enforcement to test gunshot residue.
This lab did discover trace amounts of asbestos contamination. However, the test results were invalidated after it was discovered the room was contaminated by an air conditioner. Follow-up tests from the same lab showed no contamination.
Johnson & Johnson explained the rushed nature of its testing was due to the serious questions related to the FDA test results.
Another lab test conducted by a laboratory in Georgia found no traces of asbestos, however, the lab did state that the results were only preliminary.
The results from the FDA test that showed asbestos contamination have been sent to a federal judge to determine if is evidence in the pending lawsuits.
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