Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder After Asbestos Found During Testing

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder After Asbestos Found During Testing

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Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled some of their baby powder products due to the finding of asbestos in some of their products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the chrysotile fibers, a type of asbestos, during the testing of a sample of Baby Powder Lot #22318RB. As a result, and as an abundance of caution, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled the products. Consumers who have that particular lot of baby powder should stop using it immediately.

The results from the Johnson & Johnson sample are part of our ongoing survey of cosmetic products for asbestos,” FDA officials said in a statement. “This survey started in 2018 and involves the testing of about 50 cosmetic products. As part of the same survey of cosmetic products, Johnson’s Baby Powder sample from a different lot tested negative for asbestos. That sample came from Lot #00918RA.”

At the end of the year the FDA will issue a full report of their findings which will include the negative and positive test results. Positive results, for the safety of consumers, will be released on an ongoing basis so that they can stop the use of the products.

In parallel, JJCI 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. At this early stage of the investigation, JJCI:

  • Cannot confirm if cross-contamination of the sample caused a false positive.
  • Cannot confirm whether the sample was taken from a bottle with an intact seal or whether the sample was prepared in a controlled environment.
  • Cannot confirm whether the tested product is authentic or counterfeit.

A statement provided by Johnson & Johnson said:

“JJCI has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions–and as recently as last month–found no asbestos. Thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos. Our talc comes from ore sources confirmed to meet our stringent specifications that exceed industry standards. Not only do we and our suppliers routinely test to ensure our talc does not contain asbestos, our talc has also been tested and confirmed to be asbestos-free by a range of independent laboratories, universities and global health authorities.”

If you or someone you provide care for owns a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder Lot #22318RB, you are advised to discontinue use of the product. For refund information, contact the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Care Center at or by calling +1 (866) 565-2229.

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