The Centre has put Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo under scrutiny following reports about the presence of “harmful ingredients” in the product that may cause cancer.
The Rajasthan State Drug Controller according to reports in a letter to Drugs Controller General of India DCGI said, ‘Please ensure the quality of other batches and drugs of said manufacturers available in the market from time to time.’ This was following Rajasthan’s orders of withdrawal of two batches of ‘No More Tears’ baby shampoo made by Johnson & Johnson which were found to be ‘not of quality standard’. When tested they were found to contain formaldehyde, a substance that has been known to promote the formation of cancer in humans.
Johnson & Johnson has maintained that their shampoo was safe and in compliance with regulatory standards. They further said,’ We do not accept the interim results given to us which mentioned samples to contain harmful ingredients’. They have contested the test results of the government analysis. The application before the relevant authority is pending for retesting of samples at the central drugs laboratory.
Meanwhile Rajasthan authorities have withdrawn the contaminated baby shampoo from the market.
This is not the first time that J&J has come under the lens. Earlier there were many reports that their baby powder had carcinogenic ingredients in them. In a case filed by a woman suffering from cancer in the US, J&J had to pay a huge penalty after a court ruling.