Johnson & Johnson Ends Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in US, Canada

Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it will stop selling its iconic, talc-based baby powder, the target of thousands of lawsuits claiming that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, which led to cancers such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. The company said the stoppage is only in the United States and Canada, citing a decline in consumer demand and “misinformation” about the safety of the product. “Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement posted on its website. Retailers will continue selling the product until current inventory runs out. Johnson & Johnson will keep selling it in other countries, where the demand has remained higher. A cornstarch-based version will be available in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Jacqueline Moline, a professor at Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, whose research interests include World Trade Center health effects and asbestos exposure, calls the discontinuation of J&J’s talc-based powder a “great public health victory.” “Removing a product that contains asbestos from the shelves means there is one less source of this deadly fiber available for consumers,” Moline told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “The li...
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