Johnson & Johnson Consumer announced the voluntary recall of Lot #22318RB of Johnson’s Baby Powder due to the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (≤.00002%). The recall is based on a tested sample by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer. 

The Company is fully cooperating and collaborating with the FDA and has initiated an investigation into the integrity and validity of the tested sample. According to the Company, a rigorous testing standard has been in place for their cosmetic talc for the past 40 years with independent laboratories, universities, and global health authorities confirming the talc to be asbestos-free.

In a press release, the Company stated that they initiated the recall out of an abundance of caution and that at this time, they cannot confirm if cross-contamination may have caused the false positive or if the tested product was even authentic. They also could not say whether the sample was taken from a bottle that had an intact seal or if the tested sample was prepared in a controlled environment. 

Consumers affected by the recall of Johnson’s Baby Powder Lot #22318RB are instructed to discontinue use of the product.

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For more information regarding this recall contact the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Care Center at or by calling (866) 565-2229.