Sri Lanka halts imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder amid asbestos worries

Last year the beauty giant was forced to pay out US$4.7bn in damages to 22 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after concerns were raised about asbestos content

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Sri Lanka has halted all imports of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The beauty giant will no longer be able to trade its hero product in the country until it can prove it is free from cancer-causing asbestos.

Asbestos is a group of six materials made of microscopic fibres, which can caused damage to the lungs if inhaled.

Last year the company was forced to pay out US$4.7bn in damages to 22 women who alleged the cosmetics company’s talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Six of the women who were represented in the case have died from the disease.

According to Reuters, stocks of the product already circulating in Sri Lanka can still be sold, but there will be no new imports until the company provides fresh test results.

Between 2009 and 2010, the FDA found no traces of asbestos in any Johnson & Johnson talc products.

To read more on the lengthy court battle follow the link here.

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