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Sri Lanka has halted imports of Johnson & Johnson baby powder until the company proves the product is free from cancer-causing asbestos, two government officials and the products local distributor told Reuters.

Stocks of the product already in Sri Lanka can still be sold, but there will be no new imports of the talc, a popular healthcare product across Sri Lanka and much of Asia, until J&J India (from where Sri Lanka imports the product), provides fresh test results.

On Dec. 14, Reuters reported that the U.S. drugs and consumer products group knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder, leading to tests in several countries, including in India.

The report was based on thousands of pages of company memos, internal reports, and other confidential documents. J&J has described the Reuters story as “one-sided, false, and inflammatory”.

Kamal Jayasinghe, Chief Executive of Sri Lanka’s National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), which is part of the Health Ministry, said it had informed the distributor, A.Baur & Co., that it would require further tests for it to continue importing the powder.

“We have held their re-registration and informed the distributor to submit quality reports from an accredited laboratory to ensure there is no asbestos in their products,” Jayasinghe told Reuters.

The license for A.Baur & Co to import the product expired in December, a second person at the NMRA said. Shalutha Perera, head of consumer for A.Baur, told Reuters the firm has informed J&J in India of the suspension of the licensing process.

“J&J India directly handles all the regulatory matters,” he said. Perera said the NMRA contacted A.Baur in December regarding new asbestos testing.

A spokeswoman for J&J India declined to comment on the halt of shipments to Sri Lanka but said the company “is in full compliance with current Indian regulatory requirements for the manufacturing and testing of our talc”.

“We are fully cooperating with the Indian Government and are awaiting results from their testing,” she added.

The spokeswoman said the product was routinely tested by both suppliers and independent labs to ensure it is free of asbestos.

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  • ANTON Friday, 01 February 2019 11:30 AM

    WE HAVE BEEN USING THIS STUFF FOR AGES AND IT WAS THE MOST POPULAR COSMETIC BRAND THOSE DAYS , WONDER WHY WE ARE FREE OF CANCER.

    BANDA Friday, 01 February 2019 04:31 PM

    At least some one has detected

    Ssy Friday, 01 February 2019 05:23 PM

    AB is a Swiss Co. They should withdlawthe stocks from the market as a first step, issue a credible report as they are responsible for what is sold in SL.Do not play with baby cosmetics.Showing ignorance of local regulations!.

    truth behind Friday, 01 February 2019 05:27 PM

    They stop import of powder but they do not have any guts to stop use of asbestos building products

    Pream Friday, 01 February 2019 05:42 PM

    More news Jury Awards $72 Million in Talc-related Cancer Case in St. LouisUSA March 1 2016

    Pream.Madarasinghe Friday, 01 February 2019 05:49 PM

    Now we all know about Johnson and Johnson scandal.NMRA (Drug Authority) should DIRECT all Baby Powder importers/manufactures in Sri Lanka to submit quality reports from accredited laboratories to ensure there is no asbestos in their products,

    Daya Friday, 01 February 2019 06:19 PM

    Govt halts import of J

    Gamaya Friday, 01 February 2019 07:13 PM

    Sri Lankan gong parts!


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