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Baby powder in SA does not affect the recall of the United States, say Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Powder Tank made by Johnson & Johnson. (AP)

  • Johnson & Johnson recalled one batch of baby powder in the US on Friday after traces of asbestos were found in it.
  • The company said the series was distributed in the US only, and its products in South Africa are not affected.
  • Exposure to asbestos has been linked to lung cancer.
  • For more stories, visit the Business Insider South Africa homepage.

Return of baby powder in the US is limited to one batch that is only distributed in that country and is not affected in South Africa, say Johnson & Johnson.

The company recalled baby powder on Friday after small quantities of asbestos contamination were found in samples from one bottle purchased online.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests and drugs showed a sub-trace of chrysotile azost contamination of no more than 0.00002%.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos is associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma.

In an emailed response to questions, South Africa's Johnson & Johnson said the product was voluntarily withdrawn in the US "out of great precaution."

"At the same time, we are conducting a rigorous and thorough investigation into this matter, including working with the FDA to determine [the] the integrity of the test sample and the validity of test results, ”said Johnson.

Thousands of tests over the past 40 years have repeatedly confirmed that its consumer-hydrated magnesium silicate, ie talc, products do not contain asbestos.

"We are determined to resolve it as quickly as possible."

Johnson & Johnson are already facing more than 13,000 lawsuits over allegations of contamination of talc-based products, including baby powder, with cancer causing asbestos, BBC reports.

CNN reported that some women claimed that their ovarian cancer was caused by exposure of companies to asbestos products.

(Written by James de Villiers)

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