Himalaya and Chicco under investigation following J&J probe
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is testing over 200 samples of baby personal care products from brands including Himalaya and Chicco following the Johnson & Johnson probe.
The CDSCO has collected 150 samples of talcum powder and 50 samples of other baby personal care products such as shampoo, soap, and lotion and is testing them for compliance and safety. Another 14 samples of raw materials have also been collected, mostly consisting of talc samples. Brands currently under the scanner include Himalaya and Chicco.
The main focus of the investigation is to ascertain whether or not there are traces of asbestos in talcum powder, sources told the Times of India. A recent Reuters report accused Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder of containing asbestos from as far back as the 1970s. Johnson & Johnson has continuously denied the claims and the CDSCO is currently testing its talcum powder and raw materials in India.
“We want to ensure that not only J&J’s but all the baby products available in Indian markets are safe and asbestos free,” an official told the Times of India.
“Therefore, after collecting samples from J&J during site inspections, we decided to test samples of other brands of baby products too.”
Test results are expected back from the CDSCO’s central laboratory in around two weeks’ time.
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