In a surprise announcement the company that has spent years guaranteeing its products as the mildest, purest, and safest in the world for infants and for adults has issued a recall for over thirty-thousand bottles of baby powder. Johnson & Johnson reported late last week that there is evidence of traces of asbestos, which has been linked with cancer, in a batch of bottles that was randomly selected and tested.
The recall is a severe blow to Johnson & Johnson due to its recent fines and penalties levied in a host of court cases centering on the many talc-based powders it markets, which have been linked to carcinogenic reactions. Johnson & Johnson is also trying to shore up its subsidiaries, such as Band-Aid, Tylenol, and Rogaine, as sales of their products plateau. Product safety issues now account for nearly one-third of the legal fees many pharmaceutical companies are strapped with during the last quarter of 2019.
The news media reports that currently Johnson & Johnson, alone, is facing over one-hundred-thousand independent lawsuits over its products as 2019 draws to a close. This is in stark contrast to just twenty-five years ago when the Johnson & Johnson brand was an absolute guarantee of purity and gentleness.