Johnson and Johnson 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.
Although it has lost several costly lawsuits, J&J contends its talc-containing powder is safe, and will continue selling it in international markets.
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