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Johnson & Johnson Finds No Asbestos in Recalled Powder After 15 Tests

Johnson & Johnson champions 15 new tests from the same bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder previously tested by the FDA found no asbestos in the product. This was confirmed by an additional 48 new laboratory tests of samples from Johnson’s Baby Powder recalled earlier this month.

Johnson & Johnson recalled 33,000 bottles of Baby Powder earlier this month trace amounts of asbestos were found in a single bottle purchased online. Retailers including CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart decided to halt sales of 22-ounce bottles of the product following the recall.

The announcement reaffirms the company’s claims that there is no underlying science to support links between its powder and cancer.

J&J said in a news release, “these tests were conducted by two third-party laboratories as part of the company’s ongoing testing and investigation.”

J&J said a portable air conditioner in the auxiliary room, where a lot of the product was tested, was contaminated with asbestos. Samples tested in the lab’s standard room, where the product is typically tested, did not test positive for asbestos.

“This finding underscores the importance of investigating any positive test result. Even when careful safeguards are followed, asbestos contamination may be introduced during sample division, storage, preparation and analysis,” Johnson & Johnson said.

Last year, a jury awarded $4.7 billion in damages from J&J to 22 women who claimed asbestos in the powder caused their ovarian cancer. J&J is appealing the verdict.

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