(Healthline) – Pharmaceutical goods company Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that 15 new tests from a bottle of baby powder previously tested by the FDA found no traces of asbestos.
The announcement is the latest of a line of headlines surrounding concerns over potential health risks associated with the company’s popular brand of talcum based baby powder products.
“Rigorous and third-party testing confirms there is no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder. We stand by the safety of our product,” the company said in a public statement.
This comes after the company recalled 33,000 bottles of their talc baby powder after regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos, a substance that can pose serious health threats like cancer, in a single bottle earlier this month, according to an announcement posted on the FDATrusted Source website.
In an email statement to Healthline, the company said that “the recall process continues” even after the latest announcement of the new test results.
For its part, the FDA stands by its own test results of the original bottle in question.
All of the attention generated around that test has raised concerns among consumers: Just how safe is it to use this kind of baby powder?
It’s a worry that led major retailers like Rite Aid, Walmart, and CVS to announce last week that they would stop stocking their shelves with Johnson & Johnson baby powder.
The dangers of asbestos exposure
For those unsure of what the health concerns mean, it all comes back to the presence of asbestos, which is an umbrella term given to a group of six minerals that can be found in products used for industrial or automotive construction.
While asbestos exposure doesn’t always pose a health danger, depending on how much of it you come in contact with, you could be at risk for conditions like asbestosis (a scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, and mesothelioma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Asbestos Nation reports that exposure to the substance leads to anywhere between 12,000 and 15,000 deaths in the United States each year.
The saga surrounding this current recall comes in the midst of lawsuits from thousands of women filed against Johnson & Johnson.
The legal action comes after these consumers claim using the company’s talcum powder products resulted in cancer.
Last year, a jury awarded 22 women and their families $4.69 billion. The women said using Johnson & Johnson asbestos-contaminated products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnoses, The New York Times reported.
Johnson & Johnson says it “has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe. Thousands of tests over the past 40 years, including FDA’s own testing as recently as last month, repeatedly confirm that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos,” according to a public statement.