Johnson and Johnson knew baby powder contained asbestos for decades [Video]

Johnson and Johnson knew baby powder contained asbestos for decades

By (TLB) Staff

New evidence has revealed baby powder manufacturer Johnson and Johnson has known for decades that the product contains traces of asbestos.

Internal reports and other confidential documents uncovered by Reuters found the company had recorded small amounts of the harmful mineral in the baby powder from at least 1971.

According to Reuters, Johnson and Johnson executives and other personnel including scientists, doctors and lawyers were all aware of the problem and had tried to handle it, keeping information from regulators and the public.

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Reuters said it found reports by a consulting lab from 1957 and 1958 mentioning signs of tainted powder. Various reports from then into the early 2000s indicated asbestos was present.

The new evidence comes after multiple reports from people who believed the product had led to cancer.

Video courtesy of Reuters


Senator Edward J. Markey, of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has fired off a letter to the FDA asking that agency to begin looking into this matter immediately, “using the full force of its regulatory and investigatory authority.” Senator Markey wants to know whether Johnson & Johnson misled regulators and whether its baby powder products have posed, and continue to pose, a threat to public health and safety. A copy of the letter can be seen HERE.


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