Many people use talcum or baby powder on their bodies and those of their children without even thinking that there could be potential risks involved. It is hard to imagine that something that is used in cosmetics and as filler in capsules or even in some cases as a food additive could cause a serious health risk.
Recent tests, however, have found that there are risks in using something as seemingly innocuous as talcum powder – made from the soft mineral talc, because it can contain stray asbestos particles. Concerns over the use of talc has gotten the attention from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration long ago due to concerns over asbestos contamination, but unfortunately, the federal agency has left it up to the industry to monitor itself.
Only the purest grades of talc are supposed to be used by manufacturers, and many make the claim that there is no detectable asbestos I their products.
But are they looking close enough?
“I think we all recognize’’ that the standard methods still in use today “are simply not sensitive enough to provide complete assurance that the talc is free of detectable asbestos.”
A recent landmark case against Colgate-Palmolive found the company 95% liable and maliciously negligent in the asbestos-caused illness from a woman who had used their Cashmere Bouquet powder for a number of years. The jury found unanimously in the plaintiff’s favor. An additional 23 cases related talc-asbestos issues are still pending against the company.
Rest assured that companies that are facing such litigation on the part of those suffering from talc-related cases will fight vigorously to defend their product and their bottom line. If you or someone you care about has suffered from illnesses caused by these products, then you need an attorney will fight just as hard for you.
Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys, the law offices of John Foy & Associates, today to find out how we can help you receive compensation as part of a class action lawsuit or personal injury suit. Contact us at (404)400-4000 today.