Reports: Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid pull Johnson’s baby powder over asbestos concerns

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A sub-trace level of asbestos was found in samples from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer.

CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart are pulling 22-ounce bottles of Johnson’s Baby Powder off their shelves after the FDA announced it found “sub-trace levels” of asbestos, according to multiple reports.

The discovery was made in samples from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer.

Johnson & Johnson announced last week it was recalling lot #22318RB of Johnson’s Baby Powder, which was produced and shipped in the U.S. in 2018. 

Johnson & Johnson said it does not know if cross-contamination led to a false positive, if the sample tested came from a bottle with an intact seal or if the sample was prepared in a controlled environment. Additionally, the company said in a press release that it does not know if the tested product was authentic or counterfeit. 

“JJCI has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions–and as recently as last month–found no asbestos,” the company said in a statement.

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