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The FDA Stands By Their Johnson's Baby Powder Asbestos Tests

Johnson & Johnson countered that their testing did not find asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder Samples

Monday, November 4, 2019 - The FDA's findings that Johnson's Baby Powder contains asbestos were called into question today when Johnson & Johnson announced that their internal tests on the same bottle of talc revealed no such contamination. For decades asbestos has been feared to contaminate building and insulation materials and is responsible for causing mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer of the lining of the lungs. Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of their iconic brand of talcum powder over what the company called "an abundance of caution" when the FDA's tests for asbestos came back positive. Johnson & Johnson spokespersons implied that the reliability of the FDA's tests are questionable because it could not be guaranteed that the test samples were not tampered with producing a false-positive result. The company thinks their negative test findings will put the public's mind at ease and demonstrate once more that Johnson's Baby Powder is pure, safe and asbestos-free. Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawyers offer a no obligation and free consultation to American families and individuals harmed from talcum powder use.

According to CNN, Johnson & Johnson engaged two independent testing labs and tested over 60 samples from the same bottle as the FDA and did not find a trace of asbestos. "Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that 15 new tests of the same bottle of baby powder that had been tested by the FDA found no asbestos. An additional 48 new lab tests of samples from the recalled lot of Johnson's baby powder also did not contain asbestos. The tests were performed by two third-party labs as part of the company's testing and investigation." Johnson & Johnson also defended their decades-old methods for testing talc for purity and stressed that their methods go above and beyond cosmetic industry standards. JNJ told CNN: "The Company has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe. Thousands of tests over the past 40 years, including FDA's testing as recently as last month, repeatedly confirm that Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos."

Johnson & Johnson's questioning of the FDA asbestos findings prompted the agency to clarify their tests and shed light on the seriousness of their findings. The agency said that the sample sizes were infinitesimal adding weight to their findings and discrediting Johnson & Johnson's counterclaim. "Sampling of talc-containing cosmetics is done on a small amount of product, 100 nanograms, which is a small proportion of a larger sample, in this case, a 623-gram bottle," Given the powdered nature of the product, we expect non-uniformity in the distribution of any contaminant fibers in the product. As a result, different samples may provide different results. Out of our three aliquots (meaning a portion of the sample) of the same J&J product, one was negative and two were positive," the CNN article wrote.

Expert witnesses for plaintiffs that have also discovered asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder samples have said that "either asbestos is present or it is not."

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