Johnson & Johnson confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) said on Tuesday that more tests showed that Johnson’s Baby Powder was free of asbestos after U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigations had found trace amounts of the material.

A total of 155 tests were conducted by two different third-party labs using four different testing methods on samples from the same bottle tested by the FDA’s contracted lab, the company said.

Tests conducted by two third-party labs showed asbestos was not present in the single bottle that the FDA’s contracted lab had tested, nor was it present in retained samples of the finished lot from which the bottle was produced, the company said.

The company said its investigation concluded that the most probable root causes for the FDA’s reported results were either test sample contamination or analyst error at the lab, or both.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Neil Fullick

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