Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of 33,000 bottles of baby powder after a US Food and Drug Administration test discovered trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle that was purchased online. According to the company, bottles being recalled are limited to one lot of baby powder that was produced and shipped in the United States in 2018.
According to an announcement from Johnson & Johnson, recalled bottles of Johnson’s Baby Powder are from lot #22318RB and anyone with a bottle from that lot should stop using the product and contact the company to receive a refund.
Additionally, Johnson & Johnson noted that the FDA test found levels of chrysotile asbestos that were no greater than 0.00002 percent and the company “has immediately initiated a rigorous, thorough investigation into this matter, and is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the tested sample, and the validity of the test results.”
FDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Meyer told CNN that there was “no indication of cross-contamination” and confirmed they would be investigating further with Johnson & Johnson.
“FDA will be working with Johnson & Johnson to facilitate further investigation to substantiate that the product is authentic. At this time, there is no indication that the product is counterfeit. Additionally, FDA is not aware of any records pointing to counterfeit Johnson’s baby powder in the US market,” Meyer said in an email.
There remains some controversy over whether or not baby powder is safe to use at all, as the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned parents about the potential dangers of using talcum powder on infants for 50 years.