Baby powder scare triggers Johnson & Johnson to recall product in US
More than 30,000 bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder have been withdrawn from sale in the US after health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle purchased online.
Officials said customers should stop using powder from the affected batch "immediately"
J&J said it had launched a review and previous tests have not found asbestos.
The firm is facing thousands of lawsuits from people who maintain its talc products caused cancer - a claim Johnson & Johnson has strongly denied.
The firm said it had initiated the "voluntary recall" of one lot of baby powder, produced and shipped in the US last year and described using "an abundance of caution" in the decision.
Now J&J is working with the Food and Drug Administration in abid to determine the integrity of their test and the validity of the asbestos result, including whether the product was counterfeit or if the bottle's seal had been broken.
A spokesperson for J&J said: "Years of testing, including the FDA's own testing on prior occasions - and as recently as last month - found no asbestos."
However the FDA said it "stands by the quality of its testing and results" and urged customers with products from lot #22318RB to contact Johnson & Johnson for a refund.
The news on Friday led to a fall of more than 3% in Johnson & Johnson shares in morning trade.
Since February, the firm has faced more than 13,000 lawsuits over contamination of its talc-based products, including baby powder, with cancer-causing asbestos. For more of today's top stories in Belfast and beyond, click here.
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