- The NCPCR in its order recommended that the sale of the J&J baby shampoo would be stopped till further notice.
- Rajasthan govt report confirms the presence of formaldehyde in Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo
- The tests were ordered following reports indicated the presence of asbestos and other carcinogenic substance in the products.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has dashed off letters to chief secretaries of all states and union territories of the country to stop the sale of Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo due to the presence of formaldehyde in the product.
The NCPCR has asked the chief secretaries to remove the product from the stock of the shops after a Rajasthan government report on basis of results of the shampoo’s samples in the Government Analyst Drug Testing Laboratory at Jaipur said that the product is “not of standard quality as the presence of formaldehyde was confirmed”.
The recommendation came from the NCPCR as a follow-up to a hearing held on April 15 on the summons it had served regarding the matter to five states – Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand, say media reports.
The NCPCR had sought sample test of Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo and talcum powder from authorities in five zones of the country – Andhra Pradesh in the south, Jharkhand in the east, Rajasthan in the west, Madhya Pradesh in central India, and Assam in the northeast.
The tests were ordered following reports indicated the presence of asbestos and other carcinogenic substance in the products. The sample testing report was issued by the Rajasthan drug control officer.
The NCPCR in its order recommended that the sale of the J&J baby shampoo would be stopped till further notice.
A report quoted J&J spokesperson as saying: “We did not accept the interim results of the government analyst that were based on unknown and unspecified methods and have contested these interim test results. We will await the results and conclusions of the re-testing process at the Central Drugs Laboratory first. Also, we are not aware of any directions from NCPCR.”
Back in December, Indian drug regulator Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) had ordered Johnson and Johnson to stop manufacturing its baby powder using raw materials in two of its Indian factories until test results prove that they are cent percent free of asbestos. Reports last year had claimed that the US-based company had known for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos.
The media report quoted official sources as saying that the Central government has put the product under scrutiny based on the Rajasthan state drug controller’s report.
However, the company has maintained that the J&J baby shampoo is safe and in compliance with regulatory standards.