Talc is one of the softest minerals on earth. Therefore, it is used in several personal hygiene and cosmetic products, including baby powder and makeup. However, talc is found and mined near asbestos, which has led to contamination issues.
Asbestos is harmful when inhaled or ingested, leading to serious health issues. These issues include mesothelioma and lung cancer. Several women in the past few years have come forward to claim that lifetime use of talc-based baby powder led to the development of ovarian cancer.
Asbestos.com reports that several companies are now turning away from talc amid the growing number of lawsuits.
It is reported that cosmetic giants Revlon, Chanel, and L’Oreal have turned to talc alternatives in the past few years. The reason behind the change is growing consumer concern that talc may lead to the development of cancer.
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson recently announced that amid 15,000 lawsuits it was pulling its iconic Baby Powder from store shelves.
A spokesperson for Chanel reported that the company discontinued the use of talc in its loose face powder, but continues to use the mineral in eyeshadow, blush, and pressed powder.
Revlon reported that it has discontinued the use of talc in several, but not all of its products. L’Oreal stated that it is exploring alternatives to talc.
All companies, including Johnson & Johnson, maintain that their products are safe to use and that they employ strict in-house testing guidelines.
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