J&J Issues Recall after FDA finds Asbestos Present in Sample Test

Oct 17, 2019
  • Johnson & Johnson is currently undergoing a voluntary recall with some of its baby powder products after FDA testing showed signs of asbestos in the product.

    FDA Finds Samples Positive for Asbestos

    According to a Reuters article, the bottle that originally tested positive for asbestos was purchased online and is thought to be from a batch made in 2018. As of now, the number of bottles being recalled is listed at 33,000. Johnson & Johnson has launched their own investigation and is working with FDA officials to determine if the percentage of asbestos found in the samples is an accurate and valid result.

    Legal Headache

    Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of legal claims by plaintiffs that the company’s talcum powder products are not safe and have caused individuals to be diagnosed with mesothelioma as well as ovarian cancer. A bombshell report was released by Reuters last year that details the company knew their talcum powder contained asbestos since at least the 1970s, yet continued to market the product to the general public as being safe to use.

    With the battle heading to the courtroom, Johnson & Johnson has found itself on the losing end multiple times when it comes to talcum powder verdicts. It remains to be seen how this recall can affect current and potential talc cases against J&J going forward.

    Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and/or Mesothelioma?

    If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and/or Mesothelioma and has used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder or any of its talc-based products extensively, contact our team at  to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder for more information.