Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson are recalling their Talcum Baby Powder off the shelves. This comes after the discovery of samples containing trace amounts of asbestos. Asbestos exposure causes a rare cancer called mesothelioma and is seen as a cause for cancer overall.
This recall covers all of the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder sold all over the United States.
While this amount is a “sub’-trace”, the company did this voluntarily, cautious in handling this issue. After all, there are thousands of claims that the users of the talcum powder eventually got diagnosed with mesothelioma.
The FDA’s findings were contradicted by Johnson & Johnson, stating their products do not contain asbestos. Still, they suffered a loss in stocks after the stock price fell by more than 2.5 percent. This only shows that the public reacted poorly after this shocking discovery.
While Johnson & Johnson are adamant in saying their talcum powder has no traces of asbestos, the study shows that asbestos can naturally form alongside talc. This shows negligence in mining as they were supposed to stop this from happening.
Johnson & Johnson issued a statement that a false positive may have occurred and that the sample was a counterfeit bought online rather than a product of their own. A spokesperson for the company stated that there is a “rigorous testing standard in place to ensure cosmetic talc is safe. Years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions - and as recently as last month-found no asbestos.”
Still, the dangers of mesothelioma pushed the company to take great lengths in ensuring that their products will not cause cancer.