Govt warns of dangerous SA baby powder

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Zimbabwe’s health ministry is advising the public to be on the watch for a South African baby powder that includes traces of dangerous asbestos.

There are suspicions that certain tainted batches of Tiger Brands’ Purity Essentials are already in Zimbabwe.

Asbestos was found in trace amounts in test samples from a batch of pharmaceutical-grade talc powder utilized as a raw ingredient in the manufacture of finished powder goods.

An inappropriate quantity of asbestos can cause mesothelioma, an aggressive and lethal form of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of a human body’s internal organs.

 “Given that a significant number of products in our supermarkets are sourced from South Africa, there is a possibility that some batches of the baby powder in question are already in Zimbabwe,” health secretary DR Jasper Chimedza said in a statement

Purity Essentials Baby Powder/Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Essentials Baby Powder 100g, 200g, and 400g with barcodes 6009523601859, 6009523601866, and 6009523601828 are the packages which are being recalled.

The 400g Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Fresh Baby Powder with a barcode of 6009523604515 is also part of the products which authorities are warning should not be consumed.

Last month, the company went on to notify the public of the recalling of some of the products.

“Tiger Brands Limited, South Africa, has recalled certain batches of its PURITY Essentials Baby Powder product. This follows a detection of trace levels of asbestos in test samples from a batch of pharmaceutical-grade talc powder used as raw material in the production of the finished powder products.”

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