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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder After FDA Finds Traces of Asbestos

October 22, 2019 in

Johnson & Johnson has recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently found asbestos in a bottle purchased online. Here, the product liability attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. discuss these latest developments.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder from Affected Lot Recalled from the Market 

FDA testing has found asbestos, a known human carcinogen, in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. As a response to these findings, Johnson & Johnson recalled lot  #22318RB, which included the affected bottle. Consumers who purchased a bottle from that lot are urged to stop using it and can seek refunds through Johnson & Johnson’s website

Johnson & Johnson Faces Thousands of Lawsuits Regarding Their Talc-Based Products

Johnson & Johnson is currently involved in thousands of lawsuits regarding its talc-based products, including their Baby Powder, after plaintiffs claim, and some juries have found, that the products contributed to their development of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. In addition, thousands of lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson sought to deceive the public regarding the contamination of their products with asbestos. In 2018, Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri court to pay $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women who claimed the use of their products contributed to their cancer.   

Johnson & Johnson Has Known For Decades About Asbestos Traces in the Company’s Talc Products

A Reuters investigation found that internal memos and reports from Johnson & Johnson indicated that from, “1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.” These documents also indicated that Johnson & Johnson worked to influence U.S. regulators in order to limit scientific research conducted on the health effects of talc-based products and regulations on asbestos in personal care products. 

Those Affected are Urged to Speak to an SPBMC Product Liability Attorney About Their Rights

Asbestos contamination in personal care products, such as those sold by Johnson & Johnson, has serious implications for the health of consumers. Asbestos has been linked to the development of mesothelioma, as well as lung and ovarian cancer, among other conditions. The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. are dedicated to pursuing justice for those whose lives and health have been harmed by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower or other talc-based products, speak to an SPBMC product liability attorney about your rights and potential compensation today. You may contact our New York or New Jersey offices here.