Sri Lanka halted the company's import of dust to prove it is without asbestos, causing cancer, government officials and a local distributor for Johnson and Johnson said.
The existing product can still be sold in Sri Lanka, but there will be no new import of talcum powder, the most commonly used product in Sri Lanka and most parts of Asia, while Johnson & Johnson India, from which it imports Sri Lanka, produces them the results of the new tests.
The Reuters news agency announced on December 14 that the US company for decades knows that asbestos is in the dust, leading to tests in several countries, including India. Based on thousands of pages of company papers, internal reports and other confidential documents.
Johnson and Johnson described the Reuters report as "biased, fake, and inflammatory."