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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Due to Finding Minute Traces of Asbestos

How much asbestos in talc is too much is the $50 billion question

Friday, November 1, 2019 - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of Johnson's Baby Powder made from talc after the US Food and Drug Administration found "minute particles" of asbestos in samples purchased over the internet according to a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson. Earlier in 2019, the FDA tested several cosmetics products marketed towards teenagers in Claire's stores and found particles of asbestos in them prompting Claire's to immediately pull the products. "The FDA continues to test cosmetic products that contain talc for the presence of asbestos to protect Americans from potential health risks," acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said," according to CNN Health. The cosmetics industry is self-policing and does not have the responsibility or authority to order recalls or the mandate to approve cosmetic products before they go to market. Talcum powder cancer lawsuits are represented by top national attorneys and offer a free no obligation consultation.

Asbestos particles, no matter how microscopic, can cause cancer if they are inhaled through the air or absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin or any orifice such as the anus or vagina and lead to mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. Asbestos fibers are microscopic yet can cause damage to the alveoli of the lungs and create scarring gradually making the lungs inelastic and making it difficult to breathe.

The FDA occasionally tests cosmetics that their scientists suspect may cause public harm and Johnson's Baby Powder has recently made it on their radar. An alarming number of lawsuits have been decided recently in favor of plaintiffs that have developed mesothelioma of the lungs or stomach and accused Johnson & Johnson of selling baby powder that they knew was contaminated with asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is mined in close proximity to talc in the United States and all over the world. JNJ's main talc supplier, Imreys Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018, collapsing under the avalanche of lawsuits that name the company as co-defendants with JNJ. Johnson & Johnson has resisted the FDA's suggestions that the company use a more sensitive method of asbestos testing of talc for decades, claiming that their methods were sensitive enough. Plaintiff's expert witness Dr. William Longo, a Georgia-based microscope researcher found asbestos in a factory-sealed bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder he purchased over the internet from a collector, using the more sensitive liquid separation method of testing.

Spokesperson's for Johnson & Johnson downplayed the significance of the recall stating that the company was just being "abundantly cautious" and implying that the minute quantity of asbestos was nothing to worry about. Microscope researcher Dr. William Longo disagrees, however, and thinks that "either asbestos is present, or it isn't." Luongo's concerns are echoed by other experts like the Minnesota Department of Health that emphatically state: "No amount of asbestos is considered safe. Products that contain greater than 1 percent of asbestos minerals are considered to be asbestos-containing. The more asbestos you are exposed to, the more likely you are to get an asbestos disease. Asbestosis and lung cancer are dose-related diseases."

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