By Serajul Quadir
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh will collect and test samples of Johnson & Johnson's
The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), under the Industries Ministry, said it will either do the tests inside or outside the country.
"We take this issue seriously and within a couple of days we will collect samples from the market ...," S.M. Isahaque Ali, a director at the BSTI, told Reuters.
He said Bangladesh wouldn't stop the Baby Powder from being marketed unless it discovers asbestos is present.
J&J has described the Reuters article as "one-sided, false and inflammatory".
J&J spokespersons in India and Bangladesh could not be immediately reached for comment on the Bangladesh government move.
J&J said on Thursday that its talc is routinely tested by both suppliers and independent labs to ensure that it is free of asbestos. It told Reuters in a statement: "All talc in India is sourced and exclusively sold in India and surrounding markets – including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives – and fully meets the regulatory standards of the Government of India".
(Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Martin Howell)