On Friday, October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced a recall of 33,000 bottles of its baby powder, due to contamination with asbestos. The recall applies to one lot, lot #22318RB, which was distributed in 2018. If you have a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder from this lot, you are advised to discontinue use and contact the company for a refund. Johnson a & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talcum powder product, including baby powder and Shower to Shower, cause cancer.
FDA Found Asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder
The recall was initiated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found chrysotile asbestos contamination in a bottle of the baby powder that it purchased online and tested. J&J has long claimed that is talcum powder product do not contain asbestos but, according to a Reuters report, internal documents the company was compelled to produce reveal that J&J has known for decades that some of its talc products were testing positive for asbestos contamination.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
J&J is facing thousands of lawsuits from claiming that its talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, and there have already been several multimillion-dollar verdicts against the company. Among them, in September 2019, Johnson and Johnson was ordered to pay $37.3 million to four sets of plaintiffs in a baby powder mesothelioma lawsuit. The company recently lost a motion to reverse a Missouri verdict awarding $4.7 billion to 22 women who developed ovarian cancer after using J&J talcum powder products.
If you believe that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused your cancer or the death of a loved one, please contact an experienced product liability attorney and schedule your free consultation.