While Johnson & Johnson and their Baby Powder product have been at the front and center of the talc and asbestos cancer lawsuits, other manufacturers of baby and talc powder have been caught up in it as well. Talc is found in a great many personal hygiene products as well as in makeup products that men and women use daily. Because talc is mined alongside asbestos, cross-contamination has occurred. Asbestos has been linked to the development of several cancers, including mesothelioma. The fibers become stuck inside the tissue of the lungs and other organs, causing the body to attack those tissues. This then develops into cancer.
Mesothelioma Guide reports that Food and Drug Administration tests reveal the presence of asbestos in cosmetics.
The Food and Drug Administration performed tests to uncover just how often asbestos contaminates cosmetic items. The results, which were released last week, were staggering.
12 of 52 items tested contained asbestos fibers. That means that approximately 23% of the items tested were contaminated.
With asbestos being a major cause behind mesothelioma, these numbers are concerning. Talc is ground into a powder, which is used in many cosmetic products:
- Face powder
- Eye shadow
The FDA’s study was intended to look for two different types of asbestos: tremolite asbestos and chrysotile asbestos. The study also listed the percentage of each item that contained asbestos. The lowest amount of asbestos in each item was 1% while the highest was 15%.
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