A voluntary recall has been issued by makers of a widely used U.S. baby powder after it was determined some store shipments might contain low levels of a potentially harmful silicate material.

Johnson & Johnson has ceased distribution of sample bottles sold by an online retailer after U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing showed the presence of trace amounts of asbestos. According to an October 18, 2019 release on the company's website, the tested sample bottles produced chrysotile silicate mineral levels measuring less than 0.00002%, which despite the extremely low level findings did result in Johnson & Johnson determining the need to launch the recall.

The FDA and Johnson & Johnson are currently conducting further tests to determine what kind of a real threat (if any) these results have to U.S. consumers. There is a chance the tests produced a false positive outcome. There is the possibility safety seals could have been compromised as well, which requires additional research between the two companies.

Johnson & Johnson has been producing consumer and pharmaceutical packaged goods in the U.S. for over 120 years, and is headquartered in New Jersey. Lot numbers that are currently under recall have the identifying stamp of #22318RB, and should be thrown out or returned for refund. The recall includes more than 30,000 bottles of the product.

For more information concerning this recall, or to report any suspicious findings in this product, click here.  Call 1-866-565-2229 to speak to a customer care representative directly.