Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will finally stop selling its talc-based Baby Powder in the U.S and Canada after thousands of lawsuits claimed that the product causes ovarian cancer.
The company faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from cancer patients and their survivors claiming its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks.
“Johnson & Johnson did today what they should have done decades ago,” said Cory Watson attorney Beth Chambers. “Now, they should accept responsibility for so many women who are suffering or who have died as a result of ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products.”
The company has also faced lawsuits from consumers who claim their exposure to contaminated talcum powder caused them to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Juries across the U.S. have hit the company with billions of dollars in damages on behalf of plaintiffs over their handling of the product.
Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Talcum Baby Powder for Decades
Johnson & Johnson has faced intense scrutiny over the safety of its baby powder products following several investigative reports in 2018 that found the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its talc.
These investigations revealed that J&J was aware of possible asbestos contamination in talc for at least 50 years, but did not warn consumers.
In addition to the lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of Baby Powder last year after the Food and Drug Administration uncovered traces of asbestos in samples of the product.
J&J has also been the target of a federal criminal investigation into whether the company lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder, as well as an investigation into the health risks of asbestos in talc-containing consumer products by a Congressional subcommittee.
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