Johnson & Johnson recalls Baby Powder after a bottle was tested positive for traces of cancer causing asbestos in the center of 13,000 lawsuits
- Johnson & Johnson recalled much of his Baby Powder talk on Friday
- Traces of asbestos were found in a single bottle of the product
- Asbestos has been found to cause cancer, in particular mesothelioma
- Johnson & Johnson is faced with more than 13,000 lawsuits that claim that the powder gave people cancer
Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall of one batch of talcum powder after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of asbestos that causes cancer, the company announced on Friday.
The company said it released the recall from & # 39; an abundance of caution & # 39; because the amount of asbestos it found & # 39; sub-trace & # 39; was limited to samples from a single bottle.
Asbestos is a carcinogen that is known to cause mesothelioma – and tens of thousands of people have sued J&J and claim that prolonged exposure to the substance in the baby powder gave them the cancer that affects the inside of the breast.
Referring to last month's FDA tests, J&J said its products generally do not contain asbestos, but share prices fell 2.6 percent over Friday trading, suggesting that the public is skeptical.
A bottle of Johnson & Johnson & # 39; s Baby Powder tested positive for asbestos, the contaminant blamed for causing mesothelioma and other cancers in more than 13,000 lawsuits. The company issued a voluntary recall of the lot where the bottle came from Friday (file)
Asbestos naturally forms next to talc, the mineral basis for baby powder, in nature.
But this does not always happen, so talc mines must be tested for asbestos and, if they are positive, avoided.
For years, J&J claimed that the powder was asbestos-free.
But a Reuters study published last year suggested that that wasn't always the case – and the company knew it.
According to the report, from 1971 to the early 2000s, Baby Powder periodically tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and higher companies did not disclose the findings.
Meanwhile, a growing number of Americans have developed mesothelioma, a rare form of tissue that covers and protects certain organs, including the lungs and chest cavity.
It accounts for only 0.3 percent of all cancers in the US and, for people with pleural mesothelioma, the average survival time is only about 12 to 14 months, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers the links between mesothelioma and asbestos strong enough to say that the toxin causes the cancer.
And since the discovery in Baby Powder, more than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against J&J, claiming that its products have led to cancer and death.
Earlier this week, another study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, discovered that asbestos in taclum powder causes cancer.
Many of the suits are ongoing, but have already cost the company many billions of dollars.
The infection announced Friday consisted of 0.00002 percent asbestos – less than a trace, but nevertheless the carcinogenic substance still finds its way to talcum powder.
J&J & # 39; has a rigorous testing standard to ensure that cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including FDA & # 39; s own testing on previous occasions – and as recently as last month – found no asbestos, & # 39; said the company in a statement.
The bottle in question has been purchased from an online store and J&J says it is investigating whether the test can be a false positive, whether the bottle may have been contaminated or the product has been copied.
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