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Sri Lanka halts imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder pending asbestos tests

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has halted imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder till the company proves its product is loose from cancer-causing asbestos, two government officials and the product's native distributor informed Reuters.

Stocks of the product already in Sri Lanka can still be bought, however there will likely be no new imports of the talc, a popular healthcare product throughout Sri Lanka and much of Asia, till J&J India, from the place Sri Lanka imports the product, provides fresh check effects.

On Dec. 14, Reuters reported that the US medicine and consumer products crew knew for many years that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, resulting in tests in several nations, together with in India.

The report used to be based on thousands of pages of corporate memos, interior studies, and other confidential documents.

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

Kamal Jayasinghe, chief govt of Sri Lanka's National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), which is part of the well being ministry, stated it had knowledgeable the distributor, A.Baur & Co., that it would require additional tests for it to proceed uploading the powder.

"We have held their re-registration and knowledgeable the distributor to put up quality studies from an authorised laboratory to verify there is not any asbestos in their products,” Jayasinghe informed Reuters.

The license for A.Baur & Co to import the product expired in December, a second particular person at the NMRA stated.

Shalutha Perera, head of consumer for A.Baur, informed Reuters the company has knowledgeable J&J in India of the suspension of the licensing process.

"J&J India without delay handles all the regulatory matters," he stated.

Perera stated the NMRA contacted A.Baur in December relating to new asbestos checking out.

A spokeswoman for J&J India declined to comment on the halt of shipments to Sri Lanka however stated the company "is in full compliance with present Indian regulatory requirements for the producing and checking out of our talc".

"We are totally cooperating with the Indian government and are anticipating effects from their checking out," she added.

The spokeswoman stated the product used to be mechanically examined through each providers and independent labs to verify it is freed from asbestos.

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