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Cancer risk report fallout: Johnson & Johnson baby powder samples seized in India

India’s central drug regulator CDSCO has seized samples of Johnson & Johnson baby powder from the firm’s plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, agencies reported on Wednesday citing an industry source.

It was a London-based newswire that revealed how Johnson & Johnson’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of (cancer-causing) asbestos for decades.

Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) market value has plummeted since the report came out. The firm has described it as “one-sided, false and inflammatory”.

J&J India didn’t have any immediate comment on Tuesday’s seizure of samples in Himachal Pradesh, and a CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment, agencies said.

The fallout isn’t limited to Himachal Pradesh. Surendranath Sai, a drug officer in Telangana, has said he’s instructed inspectors to seize samples there.

The leading newspaper has quoted an official source as saying 100 drug inspectors have assigned to examine different manufacturing facilities, wholesalers and distributors linked to J&J India that started early on December 19.

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