J&J baby shampoo fails RDCO quality test, contains carcinogen: Report

Chennai: Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo samples failed quality tests conducted by Rajasthan, according to a public notice from the State’s drugs watchdog. The findings were rejected by the US drugmaker.

The news comes a few months after Indian authorities launched an investigation into J&J’s baby powder to see if it contains cancer-causing asbestos. The firm said in late February that it had resumed production of baby talc after government tests found no asbestos in the product.

The Rajasthan Drugs Control Organisation (RDCO) has said samples taken from two batches of J&J’s baby shampoo had failed the quality test as they contained ‘harmful ingredients’.

The said ingredient is formaldehyde, reports state. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

The two batches of the baby shampoo tested are due to expire in September 2021 and were manufactured at the company’s plant in Himachal Pradesh, said the watchdog’s notice.

India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and its counterparts launched an investigation into J&J’s baby powder, following media reports, in December last year.

NT Bureau