Johnson & Johnson's baby powder tested positive for a small amount of asbestos so the company issued a voluntary recall.
Johnson & Johnson is a popular brand that is famous for its family-friendly products such as body wash, shampoo, soap, and baby powder. In the past few years, Johnson & Johnson has been under a lot of fire due to its probable link to causing cancer. Several people have come forward to sue Johnson & Johnson for causing their terminal illnesses and many people have been awarded millions of dollars from the brand. Now, Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall for their baby powder due to the powder having traces of asbestos in their product.
In a press release on October 18, Johnson & Johnson stated that they were issuing a recall on their baby powder because they were acting out of an abundance of caution. The recall was issued “in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) test indicating the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002 percent) in samples from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer." Even though it is a very small amount they chose to recall their product and have decided to go through an investigation. They are not sure if there was actually any asbestos in the product or if there was some sort of cross-contamination that caused them to have a false positive. Either way, they are going to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
A December report published in PEOPLE in 2018 said that the company actually tests positive for small amounts of asbestos occasionally over the last decade. Yet, the company continues to sell its products with the knowledge of having small amounts of asbestos in their powder. An in-depth investigation, which examined decades’ worth of internal company and court documents, the outlet found that from 1971 to the early 2000s, Johnson & Johnson had been made aware that the talc in their products sometimes tested positive for the carcinogen, and then they never told any of their costumers about what was actually found in their product. Johnson & Johnson denied the reports that were filed to PEOPLE and said that they have not been testing positive for years of small traces of asbestos in their product and if they had they would have notified the public.