Smriti Sen Gupta
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When you may be buying internationally known Johnson & Johnson baby powder thinking it is safe and far-better in quality than any of its competitors, you should know – the company has recently recalled a batch of baby powder due to concerns of asbestos contamination.
Johnson & Johnson in the US issued an advisory last week that it had issued a voluntary recall of a single lot of baby powder “in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) test indicating the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002%) in samples from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer.”
The company said it was recalling Lot #22318RB of Johnson’s Baby Powder “[d]espite the low levels reported and in full cooperation and collaboration with the FDA.”
According to the World Health Organization, “all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans.”
It adds that “exposure to asbestos, including chrysotile, causes cancer of the lung, larynx, and ovaries, and also mesothelioma (a cancer of the pleural and peritoneal linings).”
“Asbestos exposure is also responsible for other diseases such as asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs), and plaques, thickening and effusion in the pleura,” WHO also says.
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