Food and Drug Administration found traces of asbestos in 33,000 bottles of Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder and is now faced with more than 15,000 lawsuits from consumers.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a fiber-like mineral that is an effective insulator and is resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. It is considered to be highly toxic. Exposure to this mineral causes mesothelioma cancer. The user victims of this cancer are mine workers because of their prolonged exposure to the mineral
Talc, one of the primary ingredients in making baby powders can sometimes be found in areas close to where asbestos is found.
In 1999, a 52-year old Massage School Manager, Darlene Coker was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew that this kind of cancer is acquired from asbestos exposure. Having the specific job, she has no reason to be exposed in asbestos. A personal-injury lawyer said that one of the possible reasons for it is using Johnson’s Baby Powder, which Coker used on her infant children.
Reuters reported last year that J&J knew that asbestos is present in their talc products.
Meanwhile, Susan Nicholson, Johnson & Johnson’s vice president of women’s health, said during a short conference call with investors Friday that the FDA’s report showed “an extremely unusual finding” that was “inconsistent with our testing to date.”
In response, an agency spokeswoman, Gloria Sanchez-Contreras, said, “The FDA stands by the quality of its testing and results.”
Today, the agency is planning to test more 30 products containing talcum powder, especially those who are marketed for the children.