Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo samples fail Indian quality test; company rejects findings

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo samples failed quality tests conducted by the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, in line with a public notice with the state's drugs watchdog, findings that had been rejected by way of the U.S. drugmaker.

This comes just a few months after Indian authorities launched research into J&J's Baby Powder to find out if contained in the grapefruit cancer-causing asbestos. J&J (NYSE:JNJ) said at the end of February it had resumed manufacturing of baby talc after government tests found no asbestos within the product.

The Rajasthan Drugs Control Organisation's notice dated March 5 said how the kinds of J&J's baby shampoo taken from two batches had failed the coffee quality test while they contained "harmful ingredients". This hadn’t elaborate.

A J&J spokeswoman said that the results it caused by the watchdog revealed that formaldehyde was discovered from the samples. Formaldehyde, included in making building materials, is often a known carcinogen.

"We really do not accept the interim results given to us, which mentioned samples to 'contain harmful ingredients- identification positive for formaldehyde,'" she told Reuters.

"We unequivocally maintain our goods are safe and our assurance process is just about the most rigorous on the earth," the J&J spokeswoman said, adding how the company has contested the interim test upshot of the government analysis which were based upon "unknown and unspecified methods".

The two batches individuals shampoo tested result from expire in September 2021 and were manufactured for the company's plant from the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, as per the watchdog's notice.

"Now we have confirmed into the Indian authorities that any of us really don’t add formaldehyde just as one ingredient with our shampoo nor does Johnson's baby shampoo contain any ingredient that can release formaldehyde as time passes," the business spokeswoman said.

The Rajasthan Drugs Control Organisation and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) were not immediately designed to comment.

The federal regulator along with its counterparts in Indian states launched a search into J&J's Baby Powder using a Reuters report in December the firm knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos can be perfectly located at the product.

J&J has described the Reuters article as "one-sided, false and inflammatory".

J&J's Baby Powder is probably the most recognised foreign brands near you. The company leads sales from the Indian baby and child toiletries market, based on market research provider Euromonitor.