Bangladesh says to collect, test samples of J&J Baby Powder

DHAKA: Bangladesh will collect and test samples of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for asbestos in a couple of days, its main testing authority said on Friday, after a Reuters report last Friday that the firm knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos could be found in the product. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), under the Industries Ministry, said it will either do the tests inside or outside the country. “We take this issue seriously and within a couple of days we will collect samples from the market…,” SM Isahaque Ali, a director at the BSTI, said.
He said Bangladesh wouldn’t stop the Baby Powder from being marketed unless it discovers asbestos is present. J&J has described the Reuters article as “one-sided, false and inflammatory.” J&J spokespersons in India and Bangladesh could not be immediately reached for comment on the Bangladesh government move. — Reuters