Washington: At the very least 33,000 bottles of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) child powder have been recalled by the corporate within the US after well being regulators discovered asbestos traces in a bottle that was bought on-line, experiences mentioned.
Authorities officers mentioned clients ought to cease utilizing powder from the affected batch “immediately”, the BBC reported.
Well being care large J&J mentioned it had launched a assessment and prior exams haven’t discovered asbestos.
The agency is dealing with 1000’s of lawsuits from individuals who declare its talc merchandise precipitated most cancers.
J&J has strongly denied these accusations.
The agency mentioned it had initiated the voluntary recall of 1 lot of child powder, produced and shipped within the US in 2018, out of “an abundance of caution”.
It mentioned it was working with the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) to find out the integrity of the check and the validity of the outcomes discovering asbestos, together with whether or not the product was counterfeit and if the bottle’s seal had been damaged, in accordance with the BBC report printed on Friday.
“Years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions – and as recently as last month – found no asbestos,” it mentioned.
The FDA has been testing dozens of merchandise for asbestos, a recognized carcinogen amid rising issues among the many public. It mentioned there was no indication that the product was counterfeit or had been tainted throughout testing.
The FDA “stands by the quality of its testing and results”, it mentioned.
It’s not conscious of any opposed occasions regarding publicity to numerous affected merchandise, it added.
It urged clients with merchandise from lot #22318RB to contact Johnson & Johnson for a refund.
Shares of J&J fell 6 per cent on Friday after the event, making it the second worst-performing inventory within the Dow Jones Industrial Common, the CNN reported.