JnJ baby shampoo on attack; gets BANNED in Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi: Notable pharmaceutical firm Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) is in a soup as its popular baby shampoo has been banned in Uttar Pradesh. According to recent media reports, the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) has imposed a ban on the sale of the product in the state citing the presence of impurities in its products.
The move comes following a raid conducted in the Lucknow-based Central Store by a team of FSDA officials. The raid revealed that 16704 units of 100 ml shampoo bottles were dispatched to various cities despite the prohibitory orders. Apart from this, the officials took more samples of JnJ products for examination.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that based on the report of the Drug Testing Laboratory in Jaipur, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had written to the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories asking them to stop the sale of Johnson & Johnson’s (JnJ) baby shampoo and remove it from the stocks.
However, with the continued sale of the product, the state commissions are speeding up their regulatory process to curb the same.
According to a recent report by Business Today, it is learnt that FSDA's Drugs Controlling and Licensing Authority has found formaldehyde in products in batch number BB-59204 in Jaipur, which was supplied by Central Store.
FSDA has directed the company to take back the products of this batch. On April 29, FSDA issued a notice to ban the production of JnJ products while on May 7, it imposed a ban on the sale of the products and asked the company to recall the products of the particular batch. All the District Magistrates were informed about the same.
However, with the recent raid, shocking revelations were made wherein 16,704 units of 100 ml shampoo bottles had been dispatched to Balrampur, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Prayagraj and the rest of the state. This led to the ban on the sale of JnJ’s baby shampoo by the FSDA.
The FSDA will take further decision on the matter following the lab reports of the collected samples, reports Business Today.