The Bombay High Court today ordered for fresh testing of Johnson & Johnson baby powder samples. It permitted the company to manufacture the product but to not sell it, as per the Maharashtra government order.
The company had filed a petition challenging two orders of the state government- one dated September 15 cancelling the licence. The second dated September 20 ordering to immediately stop manufacturing and sale of the company’s baby powder product. The orders were passed by the joint commissioner and licensing authority of the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The government based its orders on the report of the Central Drug Laboratory in Kolkata; which found the powder containing higher pH levels than prescribed.
A division bench of Justices S V Gangapurwala and S G Dige directed the FDA to collect fresh samples from the company’s factory.
A division bench of Justices S V Gangapurwala and S G Dige directed the FDA to collect fresh samples from the company’s factory in Mulund area of Mumbai within three days. The sample would then be sent to three laboratories – two government labs and a private one – for testing. The samples shall be sent to the Central Drug Testing Laboratory, west zone, FDA lab and the Intertech Laboratory for testing,” the court said. The labs shall submit a report within one week thereafter. Senior counsel Ravi Kadam, appearing for the company, sought that the court till then permit the company to at least start manufacturing the product.