FDA suspends licence of Johnson & Johnson

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Niticentral Staff29 Apr 2013

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  FDA suspends license of Johnson & JohnsonThe Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the apex body for food and drug products in the State, has reportedly suspended the licence of Johnson & Johnson, the multinational healthcare and consumer products major, to manufacture cosmetic products at their Mulund plant.

As per reports, the order was issued in a case dating back to 2007 when residues of carcinogenic substances were found in 15 batches of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. And later it was found out that the residue was found because that the talcum powder was sterilised by ethylene oxide which in is carcinogenic and irritant.

As per a report in The New Indian Express, Kamlesh B Shende, FDA joint commissioner (drugs), said: “There were unacceptable levels of ethylene oxide, which is a trigger for cancer. Ethylene oxide was being used to bring down microbial load in the powder by sterilisation. But it was found that there was ethylene oxide residue in the talcum powder, which is primarily used on infants. In light of this, we have suspended the licence.”

The spokesperson of Johnson & Johnson was quoted in the report saying, “The FDA raised concerns about following ethylene oxide treatment, which was not included as part of the manufacturing process submitted to the FDA.”

As per the reports, the order will become effective from 24 June.

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  • Bharati Ligade

    R the batches with traces of ethylene oxide withdrown from market r not?

    • Laura

      The batches in suspect were from 2007 so there wouldn’t be a way to withdraw it from the shelves…



  • Ajit Telang

    If FDA has taken such strong action for all baby products made by J&J, the cancer causing residual ETO contents in each Baby Powder container must be very high and these products must have been sold clandestinely. Luckily, this case is exposed but must be a tip of iceberg. One lakh sixty thousand carcinogenic Baby powder containers were sold between 2007 to 2010.Babies have long life expectancy and can take long, sometimes many years to exhibit the symptoms of cancer even if exposure happened years back. This is worse than Bhopal gas tragedy since 161000 babies are exposed to the deadly carcinogen. Company must be made to cough up huge compensation like in USA. Campaign to identify the unfortunate victims must be initiated and this news has to be spread. Just imagine how much this company must have paid to block this news from appearing in Times of India. J&J’s PR department must be working overtime to take care that this news does not spread and victims remain unaware of possible compensation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8628248 David Parker

      In China the CEOs and owners of the plant would get the death sentence.

  • R Prasad

    All the Johnson & Johnson products are very toxic for babies and children even if these substances are not present. J&J products are made with chemicals and harm the babies.

    • Piscean

      Lol. I love that your statement is backed up by such lovely evidence. You people believe every doom statement you read. Fact is, these companies are audited every few years, maybe even more if they reveal something questioning, by many, many governing bodies such as the FDA, Health Canada, etc., and they make sure that the products meet a certain standard. If this story is true, which I’m not 100% convinced it is, you better be damn sure that neither body knew of the contamination. And they will fix it.

      • MissTee

        of course it must be safe then! just like the gmo in baby foods and the mercury in their vaccines????

        • Nick Davidson

          The mercury compound (thiomersal) used in vaccines was not bioavailable and was safely excreted after performing its function.
          Even if it was bioavailable through some unknown mechanism, the amount transferred to each patient is nowhere near enough to cause damage. Also, thiomersal has mostly been phased out and replaced by better preservatives, including in the MMR vaccines that were (and I cannot stress this enough) WRONGLY linked to a rise in cases of autism by a charlatan who did not submit his results to peer review and who has since been struck off the medical register for multiple charges of misconduct.
          The Lancet, the medical journal that first published his fraudulent paper, has removed it from its records.

          • Ursula Stouffer

            Well, you ‘wrongly’ assume that Wakefields study was fraudulent….. rather the ‘exposure piece’ in the Lancet was fraudulent, and the ‘reporter’, Brian Deer, was a big fraud himself.

            Are you aware that Brian Deer had been hired by the pharmaceutical companies to start a smear campaign against Wakefield? He was a threat to their profit from vaccines.

            Wakefield’s supervisor has in the meantime been cleared of misconduct in England and completely reinstated…… And Andrew Wakefield is in the process of suing the pants off the Lancet, Brian Deer etc. for defamation.

            Many new studies have proven Andrew Wakefield’s research entirely valid.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659802794 Sharad Lakhera
      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506248649 Paul Barclay

        Piscean the FDA is a joke as a ‘governing body.’ Its a revolving door for major Pharma which regularly allows a wide variety of extremely toxic substances, foods, chemicals and ‘drugs’ into the marketplace. As an example, trace mercury is in virtually every product in our grocery stores. FDA says that it is ‘at a safe level’ but studies have shown over and over again that there IS no safe level of mercury. I could give you references, I have seen dozens or hundreds of peer reviewed studies about mercury specifcally, but its better if you do your own research. Its part of the learning to think for yourself process. The entire thing is fradulent. That is just one example, I could list them all day. Go read about Monsanto executives who work for the FDA, then work for Monsanto, then work for the FDA, its a never ending cycle.

      • jude

        Good point. I’ve always LOVED J&J Baby powder and the fact that it’s NOT a Proctor & Gamble product which I BOYCOTT because they are big supporters of ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS! With technology available today there’s NO NEED to experiment on animals!

        • Olena

          You are naive to think that J&J does not experiment on animals.
          Although, I think it’s very cool of you to be conscientious about that type of stuff.

        • Roger

          yeah let the animals alone and lets experiment with human babies. sounds like a plan as usual.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354838440 DeAngela R Osborne

            Clearly they are and have been yet still it takes them years to recall it. You are aware that the US FDA does not regulate the use of these chemicals used in cosmetics or products such as this aren’t you? I don’t understand how anybody is cool with the lack of regulations regarding unsafe levels of carcinogens used in anything made for a baby. These tiny bodies are exposed to mass amounts of these chemicals in just about everything we purchase for and use on them, again, NOT regulated, that’s just crazy. Regarding animal testing, up to 92% of tests passed on animals failed when tried on humans, and what about the mass chemicals that have already been tested? Not to mention this article deals with the levels of the known carcinogen, why increase the levels of a KNOWN CARCINOGEN for baby products? Boycott these people for pete’s sake, these are babies, why not make choices that are 100% natural, or at a minimum not known carcinogens AT ANY LEVEL for a baby? If you don’t think this is the result of testing on human babies then you are just not looking at it right, this is a known carcinogen (cancer if you are not aware), if you are advocating animal testing to be sure that these products are safe for babies, why not advocate we are testing products that are not cancer causing agents used in large doses, unregulated.

        • munki

          Sure, why would a company pay to experiment on animals when one can be making money experimenting on hundreds of thousands of actual human infants for a few decades– or at least until they start to develop cancer? That’s clearly the kind of business savvy that I want to support too.

      • Craig LaForte

        You really trust the government and the corporations to monitor themselves?

      • Jason

        Ya… because we can trust the FDA. Give me a break. Watch Generation RX, or The World According to Monsanto, or just look at what they’ve allowed with GMO’s and growth hormones. If you think people are actually coming before profit, even in government institutions, then you’re not paying close enough attention. The corporations are running things now, and their only concern is $$$.

      • Andrea

        It doesn’t matter if the story is correct or not really. If there’s even a 1% chance that there is something bad in the products they should be pulled. If theres a slight chance in poisoning babies, you don’t use there products.

      • Sandy

        You need to do the research and investigate the truth that the FDA does not regulate cosmetic and body care products. So many carcinogenic and toxic chemicals are key ingredients in them. Google the ingredients of your lotions and shampoos yourself and read what they are and how they affect your health. Its simple to be informed….most people are misinformed. J&J baby care products are toxic for babies. Moms need to not buy their products.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500077868 John Deltuvia

          The *US* FDA does not regulate cosmetic products. This article is about a different country’s FDA – an FDA that takes SIX YEARS to act on a product. In the US, if there is a problem with a J&J product, the US FDA acts within a week!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004383643679 Linda Blair

            Imagine that. The people who make decisions based on the food & drug safety for millions of people in KOREA, can be held accountable for his actions. How many countries are like that?

      • Rebecca

        oh yeah and lord knows the FDA is trustworthy. Hey I’ve got a bridge from Alaska to Russia to sell you

      • Elaine

        Denial is not just a river in Egypt…..there are a multitude of cancer causing toxins in a multitude of health and beauty products. Ever heard of Parabens?

      • Misha

        Wake up!!! The same “companies” doing audits are pretty much the same companies funding medical “research”. Pretty much a joke with some guidelines.

      • Stephanie Niazi

        You have obviously never lived in developing nations,or if you did, you led a protected life, away from the reality of the rural areas where many of these plants are located. I was also convinced as you are, that these companies will ‘do the right thing’. Please! Something happens to American companies when they franchise out. Basically, they get away with what they can, to keep prices down for the masses or to keep their profit margins. I have witnessed many things with my own eyes over the years. Do a study for example, on the impact that these factories are having on the surrounding populations and you will see a little bit of it.



      • Jane

        Do you realize that J&J will be removing the formaldehyde from their baby shampoo effective sometime in 2014? First of all, why wait until then? Second, if you care so much about these babies, why is it in there in the first place? ALL of their products have harmful ingredients. But, try calling their offices to find out what’s in them. They tell you they’re not allowed to say. Hmmm, why would I want to buy their products?? Do some more investigating about all the harmful chemicals in our shampoos, detergents, soaps. 18% of everything that comes into contact with your skin stays there. That includes formaldehyde.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688176863 Cherene Francis

      Yep!! A lot of products on the market have carcinogenic ingredients. I stop shopping for those cheap stuff and we wonder why cancer is so prevalent nowadays!I use ABC Arbonne baby care products they are all safe, organic and gentle for my baby girl. msg me if you want more info on it its really good stuff!!

      • tkachadoorian

        ahhhh, another arbonne plug…. are you aware that arbonne uses palm oil in its products? are you aware that the palm oil industry is decimating the orangutan population? killing a species so that your baby can smell sweet??? why in the F*&k do babies need product anyway ??

        • munki

          Are YOU aware that using electricity, manufactured goods, and transportation requires fossil fuels and contributes to harmful deforestation, pollution, and climate change?? EVERYTHING we do and use affects the world and ecosystems around us! The point is to choose the safest, least-harmful options we can. As much as I adore primates, if the choice was between slathering my children in poison or cutting down a tree, I’d choose the tree.
          “Why do babies need products?”. Hmmm… Why DO humans need soap, shampoo, toothpaste, rash-remedies, medicine, clothing, etc? Do YOU use these things? Why? That will answer your question.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683960461 Frédéric Doré

            nah i rather have your baby bathe in poison than cut another tree, sorry.

      • http://www.tellmeyourstory.origamiowl.com Karen Phillips

        The vast majority of Arbonne reps are sorely misinformed about their own products. They are laced with all kinds of carcinogenic chemicals. They are not organic or all natural and actually do not even claim to be. Their tag line is something like “combining the best of nature and science.” That science part–definitely not all natural or organic. The ingredient lists are not listed on their website, very hard to find at one time until people started looking and passed them along. Here is the list of the ABC Baby Lotion and Body Wash ingredients:

        Arbonne Baby Care ABC Lotion:
        Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cetyl Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polysorbate 61, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Plantago Major Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Saflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolized Lecithin, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Oleic Acid, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Dipteryx Odorata Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata, (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Jasminum Oficinale (Jasmine) Oil, Limonene, Geraniol

        And the Arbonne ABC Baby Hair & Body Wash:
        Water/Aqua/Eau,Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Plantago Major Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phospholipids, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia, (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Dipteryx Odorata Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Jasminum Oficinale (Jasmine) Oil, Limonene, Geraniol

        • Melanie

          You are the one who is misinformed, nothing in that list is bad for you. Arbonne is certified vegan and kosher, and all of the ingredients are available on the website under “the source”. If you believe propaganda and not ligitimate certification then you are choosing to be misinformed. I have done my research and by your post I can see you havn’t.

    • http://twitter.com/devaskyla L

      Agreed. Amazed anyone uses their toxic crud on babies. Cosmetic database is handy for finding safe products http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

    • Toph

      Spoilers: the entire universe is made of chemicals. Some of them are dangerous, some of them aren’t. Long names don’t automatically mean “bad.” Think about that next time you’re drinking a cool glass of dihydrogen monoxide.

    • Kim

      Im sorry, but if you knew what was in half of what you ate, washed with, breathed in, wore, etc., then everyone would be in such a panic that no one would leave their house (and that would be bad). Stop worrying about the small stuff for crying out loud. Everyone reacts to things differently than that of the next anyways.

      • Elaine

        You’re right, if most people knew what was in/on what they ate, wore, breathed in, they would be mortified! For you to say, Stop worrying is like saying, stick your head in the sand and cross your fingers that you don’t die of cancer that may have been prevented of you had eliminated a couple of those toxins from your daily routine. Ignorance is NOT always bliss. If you can avoid something harmful, why wouldn’t you?

  • KLL

    All J&J’s products are loaded with chemicals!! There was question with all of there products recently about the dioxane and quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde, which are carcinogenics as well. Poor babies that are being exposed to this.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692915384 Grace Carr

    American and Canadian readers should be aware that this is a newspaper from India. The FDA indicated here is the Indian FDA, not a department of the US government.

    • Luke

      You pointed out the fact that this was India’s FDA. While 100% correct, I feel you’re potentially blinded by the obvious. India has many jobs, money, and an economy that will suffer from this shut-down. Do you really believe they would “voluntarily” suffer without proper, adequate, and credible evidence?

      Don’t look at only what is said, but also what is not. J&J doesn’t care about you, nor does the FDA (US included). We live in a capitalistic world run by profiteers. Their oversight/objective is the bottom line and not your health. Take your blinders off, think “outside the box,” and if you haven’t already done so, STOP USING THEIR PRODUCTS.

  • tf

    this is not true at all i contacted johnson and johnson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000338869846 Julia Starkey

    Here’s a question: How many of these batches are still on the market? And what about the parents who have had babies in the six year time that this investigation going on and have used J and J baby products? Both of my boys may have been exposed to this product’s issues. Is there any safeguard for them? What exactly does this stuff do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510884372 Lisa Diann

    how do I find out if the j&j products that i own are safe or not? if the bad batches were not pulled from shelves then i have a right to know and return the bad product

    • MissTee

      after reading the above links re recallls etc etc I would say NO J&J products are safe. STOP USING THEM on YOUR BABY!!! find natural, organic products. good luck x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004669327633 Gregg Brenda Larson

    This is why you should be using our 100% toxin/chemical free products! Our products are completely safe and don’t require child safety caps. If you would like more information, please contact us at http://www.livetotalwellness.com/gbwellness Thanks! Have a Great Day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673192650 Maddie van Fleet

    Is this a true article?

    • Deepak Jain

      Yes, it is a fact.

  • Rae Ann

    Why are they waiting until June 24! Suspend effective immediately!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1442996926 Jennifer C Call

    Yet Obama and his administration have given special privileges to Monsanto who are using us as Guinea Pigs by selling GMO products that have been proven to be detrimental to us. Yet they are going after J&J. Hmmm wonder if J&J failed to give Obama’s campaign a big enough donation.

    • Tara

      You should probably thoroughly read the article before commenting like that. This article clearly states this is in India. This is the India FDA not US FDA. So this has nothing to do with Obama.

      I am not an Obama supporter, but comments like yours are unproductive.

    • http://twitter.com/collenga C. Schindler

      Of the 16 people who disliked your comment, not one of them tried to reason why they disliked it? I swear, there are people in this country who would still back Obama if he killed a child on live television. Cult of personality: it’s dangerous.

  • Guy

    This is not true at all. Not sure where these facts came from but the very notion of this is absurd. There’s not a single other story online to verify this.

  • Jen Kelly

    This is NOT accurate as far as the FDA website is concerned! Please explain your sources. As a matter of fact, the FDA has just approved a diabetes drug made by J&J. Slander is a big money court case…just sayin.

    • http://kanchangupta.blogspot.com Kanchan Gupta

      J&J has confirmed the suspension of licence by Maharashtra FDA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537386878 Anna Pz

    well thank god my baby its allergic to j&j i only use baby aveeno on her because when she was a newborn she had some bad rashes when i used j&j on her.

    • NJH

      Uh… Aveeno is also made by Johnson & Johnson

    • Melissa

      Aveeno was originally made by Rydelle Laboratories, a division of S.C. Johnson & Son, which dropped the Rydelle name in 1989, and was later purchased by Johnson & Johnson in 1999.

  • Shauna

    You should check for grammatical errors before you post. It is sterilization and sterilized.

    • Ash

      Not in proper English, just American English ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497773443 Susan Ruegamer Moraghan

    J&J are not that great for you. I have been using Arbonne products exclusively now. They are botanically based. I loved them so much that I became an independent consultant for them! If you wish to find out more, please email me at susan.moraghan at gmail.com

    • Carrie

      I would do your research on Arbonne. Not as “chemical free” as one thinks they are. Especially their baby line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739567904 Kathryn Baker

    Is it bad for adults to use the lotion?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004105718109 Ryan LeVeen

    wth do they put in the formula then??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1075831510 Lupe Castillo

    I’m not surprised. I have recently been having skin irritation problems, and an onset of hives with use of certain products. I have tried many different company’s basic bath care products and once upon a time it occurred to me to try YES! which I know doesn’t make me break out in hives and then follow with the traditional baby wash by Johnson & Johnson and just minutes later I began to break out in hives… I am a full grown woman, if I am sensitive to this stuff, imagine what it can do to your babies.

    • Albert

      Your sensitivity does not automatically correlate with a baby’s sensitivity. You could be genetically predisposed to be very sensitive to certain substances. Use your head.

    • Albert

      Some people are genetically predisposed to be very sensitive to certain substances. It does not automatically mean that if YOU (you as a single entity) are sensitive to one product then babies would have a similar or worse reaction. Use your head.

  • http://www.harringtonwellness.com Jane Harrington

    This reminds me of the lack of purity in products. I stay with USANA because it lacks dangerous chemicals and can be trusted!

  • Karen Smallwood

    This is not factual. FDA does not license any company. Companies register with FDA. We do not suspend registrations either. That is the companies way of simply letting us know that they are a distributor or manufacturer of record.

  • http://www.X1Concept.com/The_Cosmetic_Conspiracy Cisco

    Thanks for posting this , it’s time people start getting more info on the toxic ingredients they put on their or their loved ones bodies on a daily base – then they wonder why they get sick and of course never assume it could be from the J&J products cause they have been around for ages

  • kyle

    @ R Prasad, J&J are harmful to babies, yet they make Baby powders that are given with gift baskets after delivery?.. something strange going on here indeed..

    Me personally i’d say everyone stock up on this stuff and collect your cash in a few years if they get sue’d over this..

    But the other side of my brain is telling me this is rubbish, These FDA folks must be from California since you cant even use a toaster oven without collecting cancer

  • Buddy Keeling

    Big compensations is not an answer. I would want to know who is responsible (chemical engineer or just a “big cheese” with an overblown ego. Criminal charges should be considered. This is a good way to keep similar acts in the future. Another problem: why was it discovered in 2007 and the licence won’t be removed (effectively) until late June? Also, where is the “Mulund plant”?

  • Mette

    And this is what is used to give babies their first bath in the hospital. Disgusting… When will they use natural soap in stead, or better yet, let the parents bathe their babies at home?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805925696 Angela Des Coteaux

    I love how the fda can suspend this company, but they won’t do anything again Coca-Cola which is known to be bad for you and have chemicals which are carcinogenic. I also love everyone that sits back and points fingers and say ooh and ahh, but never get up and find research these things on their own. I also wonder how much Monsanto and other GMO companies are paying for all of this. Johnson and Johnson have been around for a very long time, and so far no one has died from their products. And as for the Cancer thing, really? so are they not allowed to sell to the public anymore? and if so than the FDA needs to get off their butts and ban 99 percent of everything we human come in contact with. I could say that computers cause brain cancer from the radio waves that come from the screen. If it’s true or not, nobody cares because we need are computers. But with enough money anything is possible. THANKS GMO COMPANIES. One more thing, companies like Monsanto have drugs and vaccines to almost everything, they are saying they don’t when in fact they are trying to hide it so when they kill off the last hope for anyone else finding the cures or the right combination they can turn around and laugh as they rake in the profits. Open your eyes people, start asking questions.

    • Tara

      This is absolutely NOT fake. You need to read the article again. THIS IS NOT THE US FDA!! This is the FDA in INDIA who has suspended their license. No one is saying the FDA in the US is doing their job. Apparently in India they are trying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805925696 Angela Des Coteaux

    Comments are moderated and may be edited before approval. Please keep your comments brief and relevant to the topic. Thank you.

    This is what I was just told as I tried to post. I was trying to say that things like Coke-Cola has known carcinogenic ingredients. I also named Monsanto and other GMO companies paying for this kind of publicity. Open your eyes people, do your own research. Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. The media are lying to us and getting away with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805925696 Angela Des Coteaux

    Open your eyes, people this is fake, other big companies are saying this and buying their evidence. Open your eyes.

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    Oh and this is my third time trying to post and they won’t let me lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678665418 Jim Thompson

    Good to read that the health authorities are doing their jobs and keeping large companies such as J n J on the up and up.

  • tmonson

    Aveeno is a j & j product..READ YOUR LABELS. oh, and everyone says to use chemical-free products. Do you even know what a chemical is? You better stop drinking water then, morons.

    • Elaine

      Uh, I’m sure “everyone” means HARMFUL chemicals.

  • Sandy

    Wake up people – use of only organic products/food = peace of mind!

    • JustMe

      The government controls what is labeled as “organic” = NO Peace of Mind
      Our government is so corrupt it is unreal. Look at how much funding our government gives to childhood cancer research… LESS THEN 4% of government funded research goes to ALL TYPES of childhood cancer COMBINED. They claim that it is because it is “rare,” and they use statistics on incidence that are way too low. Have you visited your local Pediatric Oncology clinic? They are overflowing. The incidence of getting cancer before age 14 is RISING. There has been ONE drug developed for childhood cancer in over 20 years. The cause of pediatric cancer is unknown… Supposedly… So why doesn’t the government care? Because kids don’t generate enough money for Big Pharma. Period. When a governing agency is financially tied to the company it is regulating, it is the consumer who will lose. In this case it is CHILDREN LOSING THEIR LIVES. Pharmaceutical companies aren’t going to fund research for CURES, because the money is in the TREATMENT. Money over lives… That is today’s America.

  • bdee

    This is talking about Talcum powder which has been pulled from the market of baby powder anyway just for the ingredient talc, which cannot be inhaled by infants…j&j uses cornstarch powder now

  • Saurabh Bhattacharya

    There are a few things that needs to be taken in view while we discuss this story – just as the US FDA when blocks the production of a particular good – it is noticed the world over, here was the Maharashtra (INDIA) FDA which took an initiative and needs global attention. Moreover, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiomersal_controversy this site explicitly mentions the negative impact of Thiomersal and how not only is it carcinogenic but can also trigger autism and other irreversible disorders in babies… the point of concern over a babies future and life cannot be left in the hands of a multinational – or do we think J&J are worthy of that trust which people the world over had done for so long and this group may not have lived up to that trust quite well

  • Montie Moore

    Who proofread this article. Ridiculous.

  • CC

    – The issue at hand is that in March 2013, India’s Food and Drug Administration office ruled on a case dating back to 2007 in which 15 batches of Johnson & Johnson baby powder manufactured at a plant in Mulund (a suburb of Mumbai), India, were found to have been sterilized with ethylene oxide (an irritant and potential carcinogen) without having been subjected to appropriate post-testing to determine whether the amount of ethylene oxide residue left in the product was within acceptable limits. The action relates to a few batches of baby powder produced in 2007, the shelf life of which ended in July 2010.

  • Caroline

    These products are not just used on babies. its marketed for infants but many range of ages use them for the body hair and eyes

  • Chuck

    bunch of dumb asses

  • eric h

    Hello everbody. Im absolutely disgusted by the ignorance of humans today. The Maharashtra FDA is not the US FDA, its not the Indian FDA, in fact its no govts FDA. Tg e group was formed be random, like minded individuals, activists most likely, who probably have no science background, and used a catchy name to give them credibility. Please watch the Twilight Zone episode titled Monsters are Due on Maple Street if you want to see what they did to you.

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  • Shannon

    So is this recall only with the talcum powder? Or is it all products made from J&J? If so that’s a damn shame :-S

  • B Evans

    I can’t even take this seriously. It’s always a good idea to use spell check before you make your entire website look foolish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668112638 Chelle Marie

    If they found the evidence in 07 why the hell are they waiting until now to do something about it? And Paul, the mercury levels in vaccines may not cause lasting harm in adults but the damage it does to a two day old baby is irreversable. A childs brain is not developed enough to counteract the effects mercury has on it. The majority of children diagnosed with autism at an early age test positive for extreme mercury posioning. As was the case with my nine year old son. He was diagnosed and tested a week after his 18 month shots, the doctor even admitted that the vaccines were the cause of the mercuty posioning.

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  • Fasih Khan

    They’re all crooks. J&J,Nestle,Bayer,Dupont,Monsanto,and endless others. They only care about profit and population control. Our little children are being murdered slowly.
    What are we doing about it?

  • Holmes

    This article is full of grammatical errors. So it really needs to be disregarded because clearly it is not written by a person of upstanding intelligence. Also, the mercury has nothing to do with Autism, there has been no rise in Autism only a rise in our ability to identify it at a very early age which should be viewed as an achievement. Previously these children were all deemed retarded and placed in special education or institutions. Ignorance is not really bliss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046788539 Nita Terpening Wolfgang

    People are so quick to jump on these claims. I have to believe that if something posed that big of a threat to human safety, they would not wait 6 years to say something. One thing people can do is make your own baby powder with cornstarch and your own baby oil with mineral oil…problem solved.

    • WhiteCrow

      They would wait until they couldn’t leave it any longer, actually. FDA is not there to ensure yours or my safety. It is there to promote pharmaceutical companies.

  • Kayla

    I think if there is any truth to this they would of taken it off the market, and it would of atleast been on the news or something.. so hard to tell whats truth and whats fiction on the internet these days.

  • Ashley Marsano

    Do I need to have my child checked for cancer because I use all Johnson and Johnson products have since he was a baby and he is now 3. I’m concerned. Please give me a email back and tell me if its important that I have him checked!

  • pam

    I highly doubt this is an authentic article due to the fact the author cant spell…. js

  • Kim

    Does this include Aveeno? They are J&J products.

  • http://www.byvalenti.com BVO

    Your article is misleading american consumers. The FDA in the USA doesn’t have any jurisdiction in India, nor it give cosmetic companies any license they could possibly revoke. You are confusing I don’t know for what purpose, 2 regulatory bodies from 2 different countries which happen to have the same initials (FDA-USA vs M-FDA). If an Indian regulatory body similar to the FDA is in place in India, it only affects the market in India, not globally and much less in the US.

  • Amber

    You guys do know that this is the INDIAN FDA, not the US right? This effects India not the US.

  • Debbie

    This is only for India, and they have till June 2013 to appeal it. http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/johnson.asp

  • Powder balls

    That’s great I powder my balls with that stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489332653 Dee McCracker

    Great…I just bought a gigantic container of j&j body n hair wash. To use or to return to Wal-mart???

  • Joe C

    It’s the Indian government FDA! Not the US! Lmfao! Check your info on WHERE Maharashtra is!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1729940846 Scott Douglas Lemoine

    So the State of Maharashtra FDA has suspended J&J’s license in their state? And this has nothing to do with our FDA or how J&J operates in this country right?

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  • Margie

    am I the only one that sees that this reporter needs a spell check? Licence? should be License……Sterilised should be Sterilized, manufacture should be manufacturer…and there are more….is this article even for real?

    • Heather O’

      Typical ethnocentric(look it up in the dictionary)American response. Contrary to what you think, America isn’t the only country on Earth and there are English words that are spelled differently by people in other countries. And before you jump on the “How would I know this?” excuse, I’m American and I know this.

  • anon

    possible that this is “adulterated stuff” and not of J&J…most items in India are adulterated- Milk, Spices etc

  • Matt

    This article is mostly false. Read the real information at http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/johnson.asp

  • Bull Shit

    The person who wrote article writes like a 13 yr old. If this were true it would be HUGE news and way more than 161000 babies would be at risk. Like we’re dumb or something? People get real. Check J&Js website for your information not a site where English isn’t even used I’m proper context

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  • ButterNotUseBabyPowder

    Precisely why I only rub bacon grease on my baby.

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  • Krista

    Did anybody check to see that this was apparently exclusive to the Mulund plant in Mumbai, and it was the INDIAN FDA, NOT the US FDA, that suspended the INDIAN cosmetic license in that ONE plant….in INDIA???

    Don’t trust Johnson and Johnson all you want (I don’t, which is why I extensively research anything going on my children’s skin)…but get your facts straight when you try to “warn” people about Johnson and Johnson and the FDA.

  • memphisblue1

    Smear campaign, using FDA in the headline and it’s not actually the American FDA and the story is old.

  • Abram

    you guys seriously called the FDA “the APEX body of food and drugs”….wooooow

  • tanya

    Is this only related to baby powder? What about all the othe thousands of baby products they make???????????

  • Jaclyn

    Just like the commercial says… You can’t believe everything just because its on the internet!! I used these products for both of my kids with no problem. So I will continue to use them!!

  • Diane

    Why is “License” misspelled in the title, the very beginning of this article? Gullible.

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    so much chemicals in our foods and products.g natural.there are many places that sell good for you produts.people need to stop nuying these horrible,damaging products

  • Dee

    I dont believe this BS a bit!! if it was really all that dangerous then the suspension wouldnt be a month away, it would be immediatly!! So whatever ,.. betchya we’ll be seeing Johnson and Johnson products for life! Sorry, but this has Bull Shit written all over it!!

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  • jason walker

    babys are definatly not the only users of baby powder. now everyone on the planet is gonna claim they use it 2-3 times a day. gonna be a very hard thing to compensate for. they are done for i think.

  • http://twitter.com/Banshee1970 Jennifer H

    It’s spelled “LICENSE”. Please, if you publish something and expect it to be credible, make sure to use spell check!

    • Vijayendra Mohanty

      License in American English. Licence in British, Indian, Canadian English. Thank you very much!

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  • Cynthia Lindow

    Since this case was from 2007 why has it taken so long to take any action? Is this chemical even used in the production of baby talc anymore? What symptoms would you need to look for? I bet many a parent and child also inhaled the talc if they applied it incorrectly!

  • Heather O.

    To everyone wondering which J&J products are safe to use, here’s a handy guide: Is it a J&J product? Yes? Then it’s not safe to use! Stop using these carcinogenic baby products on your children. It’s that simple. Seek out organic baby bath, shampoo, and lotions and use those instead. Just because this took place in India does not mean that we are free and clear here in the U.S. Educate yourself and stop trusting the government organizations that run things and do NOT have you or your children’s best interests at heart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406973891 Ajit Telang

    Let me provide you following facts about this case:
    -Sterilization of Baby powder with carcinogenic i.e. cancer causing Ethylene Oxide (ETO) was done clandestinely without informing FDA and without taking licence from them. FDA must have come to know about it recently.
    -Residual carcinogenic ETO in each baby powder was few thousand times the permissible exposure limit for babies.
    -World over Baby powder is sterilized using steam, which is the safest method. For steam sterilized baby product, there can be valid claims like Mild, gentle and clinically proven mildness. Same claims were displayed on baby powder containers with residual carcinogenic ETO. In such case, how the parents or the oncologists will ever attribute the cause of cancer to mild and gentle baby product?
    -Carcinogenic baby powder was not recalled from market even though one employee warned J&J about this crime.
    - Children have a longer life expectancy. Therefore, they take longer to manifest a disease with a long latency period, and live longer with toxic damage. Therefore, the symptoms of cancer in babies can get exhibited anytime in next few years even if the exposure to ETO may have happened 5-6 years back like in this case of carcinogenic Baby Powder or other baby product with residual carcinogenic ETO. Question is how J&J will be made to compensate current victims or future victims?

  • WhiteCrow

    Piscean, please think again. Vaccinations, flouride, canola oil are just three highly problematic factors that the FDA says is just fine. They aren’t. The levels of toxic substances must be enormous for them to do anything about this particular issue. Anyway, J & J is full of bad news for human health. And, those here who still think testing on animals is a good idea and makes product use safer for humans might like to consider how much suffering is caused to another sentient being for their satisfaction. Disgusting things are done to animals to test products for safety for humans. If non toxic ingredients are used in the first place, the issue is a non event. My own opinion is that anything tested on animals is already toxic and the poor animal’s suffering does not convince me to use it. I think animal testing is just a way for sadists to exercise their cruelty legally. Of course we don’t test on human babies either. We can safely ‘test’ by only making products for personal care that have ingredients known to be safely edible, because the thing is, if it goes on your skin, it goes into your body. If you can’t eat it don’t use it because it is poison. Simple.

  • Monica

    We don’t use J&J products because we prefer something with less chemicals.

    But I have to say the comments left here tell me one thing: people do not lnow how to read.

    This article talks about FDA in India, a completely separate entity to our FDA here. I would have to check and see if there is the entity that regulates this stuff in India is indeed called FDA or if this article is bogus.

  • Brittney

    This isn’t true cause they can’t spell licence is spelt wrong. It’s license not licence

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406973891 Ajit Telang

      License or licence ,spelling error cannot make the article wrong.The article is telling and if you read between the lines,it hints that babies, mothers and users were exposed to a deadly carcinogen and all of them have the risk of contracting cancer. Here in this cse the babies and 161,000 of them have more chances of contracting cancer as their immune system is not fully developed. This product is from a 160 year old company which claims to be gentle and having clinically proven mildness.

  • Dawn

    Maybe we need to stop exporting our jobs to other countries and make our own products in the USA and Canada….at least we have standards

    • bob

      LOL Canada has standards? Canada–the same country that exports toxic asbestos to India? Please get a clue. Americans and Canadians need to stop being so self-righteous because half our problems today stem from this attitude.

  • Zac fubar

    I might take this issue more seriously if the article was gramatically readable.

  • dileep

    The company like J&J should be responsible for such illigal things and its a crualty to infents and to entire society. We should make awareness about this since crores of people are using it even now.

  • Danyale

    The whole truth and nothing but the truth here… http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/johnson.asp

  • Mary

    Stop following J&J! They Do NOT care about any consumer! Educate yourself ~ http://www.NoToxinZone2.com is a great place to start!

  • bob

    LOL … Americans please check your comprehension skills. Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration begins the first line of this article! J&J is a multinational corporation and this happened in India as someone else mentioned. Although the U.S. FDA has many problems etc. the contaminated products in question (as discussed in this article) are in India so stop asking stupid questions like “how do I know if I have the contaminated bottle” and blaming Obama. ****READ**** first please.

  • A B

    Assuming this is an accurate assessment, why not fire the idiots who took 6 years to take action in a case of suspected carcinogens being used on infants?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002640374505 Mari Kay Walker

    I have read articles years ago about any baby powder being unsafe because the baby can breath it into lungs then I have also read of the carcingens in talc. I never did use it on my babies and kept them clean and mostly rash free and that was in the times of those fall apart disposable diapers and often I resorted to cloth diapers for budget reasons. These baby diapers they make today for quite some time now are very efficient at keeping baby fresh and dry; It just makes me wonder why parent’s felt they should powder their infants down. I remember reading this information in about the 80′s. Wow, now the FDA takes action suspending license really wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294999001 Jenness Moss Stock

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents NOT use baby powder, anyway. The pediatrician’s I worked for 15 years ago (and still take my children to) have always advocated against baby powder. Babies can breathe in the dust which is harmful to their lungs, regardless of what chemicals are in the product. The dust alone can cause breathing issues. As soon as it gets wet (ie:once the baby urinates) the whole purpose is defeated, since the goal is to help keep baby dry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406973891 Ajit Telang
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    This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Additional controls are required to prevent such contamination.


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  • Red

    What gets me is that Johnson and Johnson “The family company” knows that they have been using this stuff. Forbes magazine did an story on it and J&J agreed to change their formula in 2015. So they are willing to poison us and our children for 2 more years. Even if they change I will never buy another product from them!!!

  • http://yoy Ryan

    Nice to see the FDA does some work not in the vein of government and corporate corruption

  • melanie

    All the products you buy on the shelf for your children contain parabens and preservatives, colors and fragrances that are poisoning your children! This is just one small thing and nothing is being done about the other toxins in our bathing products. I switched my whole family to Arbonne. Now we really do live clean, inside and out.

  • http://www.fousball.com Andy Hotdicki

    It’s a LICENSE, not licence, dumbfucks.

    • Mila

      License is the American spelling. It’s “Licence” in British English http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/license

    • Mila

      License is the American spelling. It’s “Licence” in British English http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/license

    • Let’sAllGetAlongShallWe?

      Actually – that’s just American English.
      It many languages (British, Canadian, Indian, etc etc etc English) it is:

      Licence (noun)
      License (verb)

      I won’t go so far as to call you any immature names just because you didn’t know that though…

    • Let’sAllGetAlongShallWe?

      Actually – that’s just American English.
      It many languages (British, Canadian, Indian, etc etc etc English) it is:

      Licence (noun)
      License (verb)

      I won’t go so far as to call you any immature names just because you didn’t know that though…

  • jamie

    why are we just being told now and why are they only being stopped now, i have used their products alot this should have been done a long time ago. i have used their stupid products on myself and our kids.

  • David

    Not true. Products sold I the is are under the regulations of the US FDA and DEA. TO this end, all products, from band aids to controlled substances are required to go through stringent testing to show efficacy and safety. If a company passes these trials and do strayed this, products go to market. If a company is found to miss on their documented and agreed upon Good Manufacturing Practices or Good Marketing Practices, products are recalled virtually immediately – not 6 weeks later. Wise up folks, pharma is the most regulated industry in our country.

    • Melanie

      I didn’t mean to like your comment so don’t flatter yourself. If you really believe the FDA has your best interest you are just one of those people who buy into the propaganda you are being told. Why are there cancer causing agents alloud in our bathing products, why are there parabens, aluminum, vitamin a, carconogens? You are just not choosing to educate yourself. You are choosing to believe what the people allowing you to be poisoned are telling you. Grow a back bone and educate yourself. http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/p480x480/65593_541682722528862_57479853_n.jpg

  • Tee

    Ughhh Who still uses baby powder anymore?? It really bad for you and baby… :/ This just makes everyone crazy… Ohhh get don’t use J&J!! Come on..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406973891 Ajit Telang

    Many people are habituated to use talcum powder. What I understand from this discussion is that the residual Ethylene Oxide (ETO) inside each Baby powder container was several thousand times higher than the permissible exposure level. That compounds the risk to the user. Here the users are mainly babies whose immune system is not still developed. Issue is that in developing countries, the laws are archaic and judicial system outdated and under pressure which make conviction very difficult. Further, the court cases run for years. Hence, Multinationals can get away with very small penalty. Also in developing countries, corruption is so widespread you can get away with a murder easily. Cost of life is so cheap there that government will not wake up even if there is thousands of death. Bhopal gas tragedy is a live example where many thousand people died due to inhalation of poisonous gas called MIC. However, the multinational responsible for this tragedy got away by paying very paltry sum. In this case of carcinogenic Baby Powder the parents or even the doctors will never know that the cause of cancer. They will never even dream that the cause is Baby powder. Further, in this case there will not be instant thousands of mass deaths. The symptoms will appear over a number of years depending upon the immunity of the child or even the mother who got exposed to residual carcinogenic ETO gas inside Baby powder container. Therefore, J&J will get away with this crime to the humanity. God give strength to the unfortunate parents.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659802794 Sharad Lakhera
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406973891 Ajit Telang

    As per the latest news, “FDA’s move to “cancel” Johnson & Johnson licence “upheld” by Maharashtra Government”, the company has agreed the use of the carcinogen for their Baby Powder. They have also explained the circumstances under which they had to use the carcinogen. However, it is like someone explaining why he had to use a sward to kill the mosquito sitting on a person or on a baby in this case. The company does not explain the circumstances under which they could not check the traces (?) of residual carcinogenic Ethylene Oxide inside each Baby powder container nor do they seem to have explained why they did not conduct the safety tests on the skin with this carcinogenic powder before sending it for use on babies and infants. Despite these facts, the company still dares to say, “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our products and the health of the consumers who use them”. J&J India spokesperson has further quoted “we are deeply disappointed with the outcome”. This is surprising since the consumers who use these baby products; mainly the 161,000 parents should be saying that they are very disappointed by this great offence and wish complete compensation for the unfortunate victims, the babies in this case.
    See what can happen for much less severe offence committed by J&J in Korea ( web link below) and note that there were no adverse reactions reported there in Korea. Here the Korean regulators (FDA) can make the CEO of J&J Korea face up to three years in jail if convicted. http://www.fiercepharmamanufacturing.com/story/ceo-jj-otc-unit-korea-faces-criminal-action-over-plant-foul/2013-05-16

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  • satinka

    very good to cancel J&J’s license. Now let the governments do something beneficial for our FOOD…like ban pesticides and GMO’s.

  • satinka

    very good to cancel J&J’s license. Now let the governments do something beneficial for our FOOD…like ban pesticides and GMO’s.

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