Johnson & Johnson recalls Baby Powder because it contains asbestos

Baby powder is heavily used by black women


By Frederick H. Lowe



Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

Major retailers have and are pulling 22-ounce bottles of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, a product heavily used by black women, off store shelves after the company said the product may contain asbestos, which causes cancer.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. announced that it recalled a single lot of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder after a U.S. Food and Drug test found trace level of chrysotile asbestos container (no greater than 0.00002%) in samples of bottles purchased from unnamed online retailer.

In 2016, Johnson & Johnson paid a record $72 million in suit linking the company’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. In the lawsuit, a black man said his mother used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder as bathroom stable for decades. Benjamin Crump, a nationally known black attorney, has alerted black women to the dangers of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. My mother was 63 when she died October 5, 1988.

My mother and other black women used Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder to stop from perspiring. My mother Ruth Belle Lowe died of advanced multiple myeloma, according to her death certificate. My mother was 63 when she died October 5, 1988. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that affect more blacks than whites. 

Johnson & Johnson, which is based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said recently it was recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States.

If you or someone you know has purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder Lot #22318RB, you are advised to discontinue use of the product. For refund information, contact the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Care Center at or by calling +1 (866) 565-2229.

Walmart, Target and CVS are three of the retailers who have pulled Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Power off the shelves.



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