- The FDA has announced that Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of its baby powder after testing showed a type of asbestos fiber in 1 lot of the product.
- The lot is #22318RB, and the agency says customers should stop using it immediately and contact the company for a refund.
Why this matters
- Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless acknowledged in a statement that people who have used this lot of baby power will find the recall concerning and says that the agency continues its talc product testing.
- The agency is not aware of the related adverse event reports.
- Asbestos contamination is a risk with talc mining.
- Asbestos is a well-known carcinogen.
- The agency emphasizes that not all talc products contain asbestos and that most products they test do not.
- It has tested about 50 products since 2018.
- Of 2 samples of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder it tested, 1 contained asbestos.
- The FDA also has previously warned about products from Claire’s and Beauty Plus Global.