In 1894, Johnson & Johnson introduced their baby powder product, which is made from talc. Talc is found in the same areas as asbestos and is often mined from the same locations. The proximity of tac to asbestos raises concern over possible asbestos contamination.
Despite assurances that their talc is free of asbestos, Johnson & Johnson has come under scrutiny in the past years amid thousands of lawsuits claiming that use of the iconic product caused men and women to develop cancer. A recent FDA test showed asbestos contamination, bolstering the claims that the baby powder may have been contaminated.
Victims are claiming that use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Now, as reported by Medical Express, Johnson & Johnson has halted the sale of baby powder.
Thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson claiming that their baby powder causes cancer have led to plummeting sales in the United States and Canada.
According to the company, the declining number of sales has made Johnson & Johnson decide to halt sales of the product in both countries.
Johnson & Johnson still maintain that their baby powder product is safe. It will continue to be sold in other countries.
So far, there have been 19,400 lawsuits that allege Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
To date, Johnson & Johnson has won 12 cases and lost 15 along with seven mistrials. All of the lost cases are on appeal or still being appealed.
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