Sri Lanka halts imports of a Baby Powder brand
2019-01-31 at 19:35
Sri Lanka has halted imports of a brand of Baby Powder until the company proves its product is free from asbestos.
Two government officials and the product’s local distributor told Reuters that stocks of the product already in Sri Lanka can still be sold, while there will be no new imports of the powdertalc, a popular healthcare product across Sri Lanka and much of Asia, until fresh test results are provided.
Reuters in December reported that the US drugs and consumer products group knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, leading to tests in several countries, including in India.
The report was based on thousands of pages of company memos, internal reports, and other confidential documents.
The company however has described the Reuters story as “one-sided, false, and inflammatory”.
The Chief Executive of Sri Lanka’s National Medicine Regulatory Authority Kamal Jayasinghe said they informed the distributor that it would require further tests for it to continue importing the powder.