Johnson and Johnson (J&J) will stop selling its previously popular talcum powder in the U.S. and Canada following a wave of legal cases from consumers who have argued that the product contains asbestos-tainted talc and is linked to cancer after prolonged periods of use. In announcing the move, the conglomerate cited waning sales of the product after years of publicity from the lawsuits. [Scroll down to learn about company officials’ knowledge of the risk to the public from asbestos-tainted talc and the resulting lawsuits.] J and J will now market a cornstarch-based version in North America and around the world.
Although it has lost several costly lawsuits, J&J contends its talc-containing powder is safe. In addition to pulling the talc-based baby powder from U.S. and Canadian shelves in 2021, as of August 12, 2022, J&J decided to pull the baby powder with talc from all international markets. [See: Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder around the world in 2023.] In 2022, J&J stated they will now use cornstarch as the base for their baby powder, instead of talc.
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