The samples will be tested for presence of asbestos.
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Company says it is ‘fully cooperating’ with CDSCO, FDA
Samples of Johnson and Johnson talcum powder were picked by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on Wednesday after reports that the firm knew for decades that the product contained cancer-causing asbestos.
The action follows media reports last week about the alleged contamination. Some state-based food and drug administrations (FDAs) were also involved in picking up the samples.
A statement by the company said: “Today, a few of our facilities were visited by the CDSCO and local FDA authorities and we are fully co-operating with them by providing tests and samples.”
“The tests have been conducted in the regular way that the FDA collects samples.”
Johnson & Johnson added that the safety of its cosmetic talc was based on a long history of safe use and decades of research and clinical evidence by independent researchers and scientific review boards across the world.
Samples were lifted from Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Indore, Chandigarh and Ghaziabad.