×
2 714
Fashion Jobs
VF INTERNATIONAL
Lead Warehouse Project Manager
Permanent · COALVILLE
JOHN LEWIS
Team Manager – Operations
Permanent · LEEDS
BEGG X CO
Sales Supervisor And Associate
Permanent · LONDON
BOOHOO GROUP
Warehouse Team Manager - pm Shift
Permanent · WELLINGBOROUGH
JOHN LEWIS
Section Manager Warehouse
Permanent · WEYBRIDGE
HARRODS
Supply Planning Assistant Manager
Permanent · THATCHAM
BOOHOO GROUP
Senior Operations Manager
Permanent · BURNLEY
MULBERRY
Commercial Finance Analyst
Permanent · LONDON
SELFRIDGES
Assistant Events Manager (Exchange Square)
Permanent · MANCHESTER
VF INTERNATIONAL
Lead Warehouse Project Manager
Permanent · COALVILLE
VF INTERNATIONAL
Warehouse Operations Manager
Permanent · COALVILLE
ESTEE LAUDER
le Labo - Fragrance Specialist - le Labo, Edinburgh - 40 Hrs/Week - Full Time, Permanent
Permanent · Édimbourg
HEAD OFFICE
Buyer, Apple
Permanent · LONDON
HEAD OFFICE
Buyer – Nursery & Baby
Permanent · LONDON
HARRODS
Buyers Clerk - Furniture And Bed & Bath
Permanent · LONDON
HARRODS
Senior Buyers Clerk - Fine Watches & Jewellery, Homeware & Furniture
Permanent · LONDON
VF INTERNATIONAL
Credit Controller - Italian Speaking
Permanent · CALVERTON
VF INTERNATIONAL
Credit Controller
Permanent · CALVERTON
BOOHOO GROUP
Site Operations Manager
Permanent · BURNLEY
SHISEIDO
Shiseido Assistant Business Manager - Harrods (37.5 Hours)
Permanent · London
BOOHOO GROUP
Senior Site Operations Manager
Permanent · BURNLEY
HARRODS
Food Supply Coordinator
Permanent · LONDON
By
Reuters
Published
May 6, 2013
Reading time
2 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

India regulators pull J&J plant license on baby powder concerns

By
Reuters
Published
May 6, 2013

Health officials in India have revoked Johnson & Johnson's license to make cosmetics at a plant outside Mumbai after they discovered the company had used an unauthorized process for sterilizing its baby powder.

J&J said in a statement on Friday that it is in "ongoing discussions" with Indian regulators.

"We understand their concerns and are diligently working with them to resolve the issue," Peggy Ballman, a J&J spokeswoman, said in a statement, adding that there were no consumer complaints or adverse events reported due to its use of the process.

An investigation by the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration revealed that J&J, at its plant in Mulund, had used ethylene oxide - a substance used to produce industrial chemicals and to sterilize medical equipment - to kill bacteria in its baby powder and had not conducted mandatory tests to make sure there were no remaining traces in the powder.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, acute exposure to ethylene oxide can cause lung damage, nausea, vomiting and cancer.

Ballman said the plant has not been shut down and the company is appealing the decision. She said the sterilization process in question was used on a one-time basis on a limited amount of baby powder. Baby powder is made from corn or talc and is usually sterilized using steam, she said.

"For a brief time in 2007, we used an alternative sterilization process," she said.

Ballman was unable to explain why the alternative process was used but said it is a "widely accepted and safe practice of sterilization used when making many medical devices and consumer products and leaves no harmful residue."

"However," she said, "the process was not registered with the local FDA and they viewed this step as out of compliance."

The news is the latest in a long list of quality control problems at J&J facilities. Its consumer healthcare division has, over the past few years, recalled millions of bottles of over-the-counter products such as Motrin and children's Tylenol.

And it comes just as J&J is seeking to rebuild its image as a trusted family brand. Last month it launched an ad campaign, "For All You Love," with a black-and-white video full of babies and parents, with lines including, "Love is family, love is life, and for that life, you sacrifice it all."

In her statement, Ballman said the company wants to assure people that "the baby powder manufactured and sold only in India was safe and did not pose any health risk at any time."

© Thomson Reuters 2022 All rights reserved.