CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart pull 22-ounce J&J baby powder from shelves
Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid remove Johnson baby powder from sale & Johnson
Three major US retailers, including Walmart, take out all bottles of Johnson baby powder from their stores & Johnson 22 oz due to traces of asbestos.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that has been linked to fatal mesothelioma.
J&J, which is facing thousands of lawsuits over various products, said last week it had recalled about 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after US health authorities found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from bottles purchased online. The company is working with investigators to determine the integrity of the test sample and the validity of the test results, according to a press release..
«Rite Aid has informed all stores to remove all items from the shelves and store them in a safe place. In addition, we have implemented POS system blocking for this product to prevent its implementation.», – said in a post by Rite Aid.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said it has removed and blocked all recalled baby powder, as did Rite Aid..
«CVS pharmacies comply with Johnson’s voluntary recall & Johnson baby powder Johnson&# 39; s 22 oz each, and removes this product from all stores and from CVS.com», – company spokesman Mike DeAngelis told CNBC.
Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid pull Johnson & Johnson baby powder from shelves
Other retailers are expected to remove the product from their shelves to avoid liability, said Eric Schiffer, chief executive of the private equity firm Patriarch Organization..
«It won’t surprise me if Amazon and other online retailers will do the same.», – he added.
Last year at J&J already knew that asbestos was hidden in their talc. Internal company documents, test reports, and other evidence show that from at least 1971 until the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.
Reuters found that company executives, development managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers are worried about the problem and how to solve it without disclosing the details to regulators or the public..
J&J has repeatedly stated that his talcum powder products are safe, and that decades of research have shown that they are free of asbestos and do not cause cancer.