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Maharashtra FDA cancels manufacturing license of Johnson's baby powder over poor quality

The FDA also issued a show-cause notice to the firm under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: September 16, 2022 23:21 IST
The FDA also issued a show-cause notice to the firm under
Image Source : FILE The FDA also issued a show-cause notice to the firm under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940.

Highlights

  • Maharashtra FDA cancelled the manufacturing license of Johnson's & Johnson's baby powder
  • The FDA also issued a show-cause notice to the firm under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940
  • The firm has decided to challenge the report in court

The Food and Drugs Administration of Maharashtra on Friday cancelled the manufacturing license of Johnson's & Johnson's baby powder as it did not pass the quality check. 

According to the drug administration agency, the pH value of the baby powder was found to be much higher than the permissible level. The samples were collected from two places, Pune and Nashik for quality check.   

The FDA also issued a show-cause notice to the firm under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940. J&J was also asked to recall all its stocks back from the market. 

Meanwhile, the firm has not accepted the Administration's reports and has decided to challenge the report in court. 

What is the controversy surrounding Johnson & Johnson baby talc? 

Johnson & Johnson said that it would discontinue its talc-based baby powder globally by next year. The health care products company discontinued its baby powder sales in the United States and Canada two years ago. The move comes after thousands of lawsuits were filed against the company by several women who claimed that the talcum-based baby powder contained asbestos and many of them developed several health issues including ovarian cancer. However, Johnson & Johnson has always claimed that its product is safe to use. 

Baby powder used since the 1970s

According to reports, Uterine cancer could occur due to the use of this powder. In 2019-20, many American women filed a case against the company, saying that they had cancer of the uterus due to the use of this powder. As the matter caught everyone's attention, the company also had to pay the damages. In fact, asbestos-free asbestos (talc) has been used in baby powder since the 1970s. Cancer can occur if an excessive amount of asbestos goes inside the body.

The history of J&J Talcum powder  

Johnson baby powder has been on sale since 1894. Being family-friendly and pocket-friendly, Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has been one of the most famous talcum powder products. It has been a part of every house for 128 years. Johnson Company has been in India for seven decades. In 1948, India formally started allowing sale of Johnson & Johnson products. Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives will also have to stop the sale of this famous J&J product. Now the company will replace talc based powder with corn starch based powder.

(With inputs from ANI)

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