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J&J: investigation shows no asbestos in baby powder

(CercleFinance.com) - A company investigation by Johnson & Johnson showed that there is no asbestos in Johnson's baby powder, the US health giant said on Wednesday.

Tests conducted by two independent labs showed that asbestos was not present in the single bottle that the FDA-contracted lab, AMA, tested, nor was it present in retained samples of the lot from which the bottle was produced, J&J said.

The company said a total of 155 tests were conducted by two different independent labs over the course of the investigation.

According to Johnson & Johnson, the most probable root causes for the FDA's reported results were either test sample contamination and/or analyst error at the AMA lab.

In October J&J began a voluntary recall in the United States of a lot of its Johnson's baby talc in response to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) test indicating the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002%).

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