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Johnson & Johnson baby powder sample seized in HP after report on cancer-causing asbestos

New Delhi : Indian drug inspectors have seized samples of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder from a plant in Himachal Pradesh, an industry source said on Wednesday, following a Reuters report the company knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in the product.

The source, who declined to be named, said the samples were taken from the Baddi plant in Himachal Pradesh state on Tuesday night.

J&J India did not have any immediate comment on the reports of sample seizures by Indian authorities. On Tuesday the company said in a statement that the Reuters article, which was published on Friday, “is one-sided, false and inflammatory”.