(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) mentioned on Tuesday that 15 new assessments discovered no asbestos in a bottle of child powder that the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration beforehand mentioned had examined constructive for hint quantities of asbestos.

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson child powder line a drugstore shelf in New York October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The assessments are the {latest} effort by J&J to show the protection of its broadly used shopper product after a take a look at by the FDA prompted J&J to undertake a nationwide recall of 1 lot of its Johnson’s Child Powder.

An FDA official, in an interview with Reuters, mentioned the company stood by its outcomes and continued to help the corporate’s voluntary recall.

“They might say the product is freed from asbestos primarily based on their testing, and we might say the other for that pattern,” mentioned Steve Musser, deputy director for scientific operations within the FDA’s Heart for Meals Security and Vitamin.

Earlier this month, J&J recalled round 33,000 bottles of child powder in the US after the FDA discovered hint quantities of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle bought on-line.

“Rigorous and third-party testing confirms there isn’t any asbestos in Johnson’s Child Powder. We stand by the protection of our product,” J&J mentioned in a press release.

The voluntary recall was restricted to at least one lot of Johnson’s Child Powder produced and shipped in the US in 2018, the corporate mentioned on the time.

That transfer marked the primary time the corporate recalled its iconic child powder for doable asbestos contamination, and the primary time U.S. regulators have introduced a {finding} of asbestos within the product. Asbestos is a recognized carcinogen that has been linked to lethal mesothelioma.

J&J is not going to reverse the recall of these 22-ounce containers, however its child powder stays out there to customers in shops, an organization spokesman instructed Reuters.

The recall had been the {latest} blow to the greater than 130-year-old U.S. healthcare conglomerate that’s dealing with hundreds of lawsuits over quite a lot of merchandise, together with child powder, opioids, medical gadgets and the antipsychotic Risperdal.

J&J faces greater than 15,000 lawsuits from customers claiming its talc merchandise, together with Johnson’s Child Powder, induced their most cancers.

Further reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru and Chad Terhune in Los Angeles; Modifying by Tom Brown and Invoice Berkrot

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