By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:59 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 16:50 BST, 18 October 2019
Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of its talcum Baby Powder after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of asbestos, which causes cancer, the company announced Friday.
The company said it was issuing the recall out of 'an abundance of caution,' as the amount of asbestos it found was 'sub-trace,' and limited to samples from a single bottle.
Asbestos is a carcinogen, known to cause mesothelioma - and tens of thousands of people have sued J&J, claiming that long-term exposure to the substance in its Baby Powder gave them the cancer, which affects the lining of the chest.
Citing FDA tests from last month, J&J Said that it's products broadly do not contain asbestos, but its stock prices fell by 2.6 percent ahead of Friday trading, suggesting the public may be responding with skepticism.
A bottle of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder tested positive for asbestos, the contaminant blamed for causing mesothelioma and other cancers in over 13,000 lawsuits. The company issued a voluntary recall of the lot that bottle came from on Friday (file)
Asbestos naturally forms alongside talc, the mineral base for Baby Powder, in nature.
But this doesn't always happen,