UPDATE: October 23, 2:30 p.m.: Johnson & Johnson Philippines released a statement on October 21 saying that the "recall is only limited to the specific lot distributed in the US and does not affect markets out of [the] US, including the Philippines."
Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall for 33,000 bottles of its Baby Powder—aka every teenage girl’s pre-foundation choice of product—in the United States after trace amounts of asbestos were found from some of its sample bottles bought online.
The voluntary recall was issued to batch #22318RB after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found low levels of chrysotile asbestos from its samples. For those who aren't familiar with asbestos, it is a carcinogen that can cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the thin tissue lining of internal organs. The FDA has singled out the sole batch to contain no more than 0.00002 percent of asbestos, according to a report by CNN Philippines.
This is just one of the latest blows on the 130-year-old brand giant which has been caught up in other brand scandals over the past few years. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 15,000 lawsuits from consumers who claim that the talc content on their Baby Powder caused their cancer, Manila Bulletin reports.
While talc is a naturally-occurring mineral, it is not a carcinogen like asbestos. The FDA has warned manufacturers of the importance of choosing the right talc mining sites. They also advised checking if the minerals used in their products weren't contaminated by asbestos.
Johnson & Johnson has released an official statement saying that they called for the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” The brand also expressed that they are working closely with the DFA to further investigate the matter.
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