FDA reassures over asbestos in baby powder

FDA reassures over asbestos in baby powder

A bottle of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York in 2016. (Reuters photo)
A bottle of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York in 2016. (Reuters photo)

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday assured consumers no traces of asbestos have been found in any baby powder products sold in Thailand, saying the FDA began screening for asbestos in these items in 2009.

The assurance came after the US FDA on Friday warned consumers to stop using Johnson’s Baby Powder products from lot #22318RB after health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle purchased online.

The discovery has prompted health care giant Johnson & Johnson to recall 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the US.

Thai FDA deputy secretary-general Suphattra Bunserm, however, said none of the products from that particular manufacturing lot have been imported into Thailand.

An FDA team has been sent to Johnson & Johnson (Thailand) to collect more samples of baby powder produced locally for testing.


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