In 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration found minute traces of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. According to the company, it was a concentration of 0.00002 percent in one bottle. After the find, 33,000 bottles were recalled “out of an excess of caution”. Out research by Reuters news agency In addition, internal documents from the manufacturer showed that small amounts of asbestos were found in talcum powder several times from 1971 to 2000.
In some mines, asbestos and talc form in close proximity to each other, which can pollute the talc.