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A 2018 investigation found that Johnson & Johnson knew of the presence of small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in its products as early as 1971. The company currently faces approximately 38,000 consumer lawsuits, many of whom claim that its talc products have caused cancer.

Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will stop selling its talc-based baby powder worldwide in 2023. AFP

Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) sweet-smelling talcum-based baby powder and advertisements featuring cute little cherubic children will soon cease to be available internationally, as the company has announced that she would stop selling one of her most popular products.

According to a report by Reuters, J&J will stop selling its talc-based baby powder globally in 2023, more than two years after sales in the United States and Canada ended.

Talcum powder was as popular as it was controversial for attracting thousands of consumer safety lawsuits.

“As part of a global portfolio assessment, we have made the business decision to transition to an 100% cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of this transition, Johnson’s talc-based baby powder will be discontinued globally in 2023.”

Controversies surrounding J&J’s talcum powder

Over the years, the healthcare company has faced tens of thousands of lawsuits from consumers alleging that its talc products have caused them to develop cancer.

The Guardian reported that the company announced it would stop selling the talc-based version in North America due to a drop in demand after what it called “misinformation” about the product’s safety and the legal challenges.

Later, J&J voluntarily recalled a batch of 33,000 bottles of talc “out of an abundance of caution.” It has been reported that US Food and Drug Administration regulators have found traces of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in the product.

According The gardians report, J&J continued to claim that talc-based baby powder did not cause cancer.

“Our position on the safety of our cosmetic talc remains unchanged,” the company said. “We strongly support decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world confirming that Johnson’s talc-based baby powder is safe, contains no asbestos and does not cause cancer.”

Consumer cancer claims against J&J

According Reutersthe company faces approximately 38,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors claiming that its talc products have caused cancer due to asbestos contamination.

In October, J&J formed a subsidiary, LTL Management, assigned the talc claims to it, and filed the company for bankruptcy, suspending legal proceedings, The Guardian reported.

Prior to the bankruptcy filing, the company was facing costs of $3.5 billion in verdicts and settlements, including one in which 22 women won a judgment of more than $2 billion.

According AlJazeeraA Missouri state jury in 2016 ordered J&J to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the hygiene product company’s feminine Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

Shortly after, J&J was ordered to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed to have developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products.

A Reuters A 2018 investigation revealed that J&J was aware of the presence of small amounts of asbestos in its products as far back as 1971.

However, in response to media reports of asbestos in its products, in the courtroom and on Capitol Hill, J&J has repeatedly stated that its talc products are safe and do not cause cancer. .

With contributions from agencies

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