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Johnson & Johnson Stops Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder in North America
Johnson & Johnson announced this week that they will discontinue the sale of the company’s iconic talc-based baby powder in North America. The company promoted its talcum powder products as safe, gentle, and recommended for babies, but the company is facing thousands of lawsuits that call into question the safety of its baby powder.
Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder that are currently on store shelves will continue to be sold until they run out. The company will also continue to sell its talc-based products in other countries around the world, but not in the United States or Canada.
The announcement comes after the company said they were conducting an assessment of their products to prioritize manufacturing and distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the assessment, Johnson & Johnson decided to permanently discontinue several products, including its popular talc-based baby powder.
In a press release from Johnson & Johnson, the company claimed demand for its baby powder products has decreased due to “misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising” (Johnson & Johnson, 2020). However, the company faces over 16,000 lawsuits related to the safety of its baby powder products.
Plaintiffs have filed lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson baby powder contains asbestos and has led to the development of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. In one case, a jury awarded 22 women more than $4 billion after they argued Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused their ovarian cancer. This verdict has been appealed by Johnson & Johnson.
Tests found the hazardous mineral, asbestos, in Johnson & Johnson baby powder. This finding of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to step up regulations and appoint a task force to determine better testing standards for asbestos in talc-based cosmetic products.
Contact Baron & Budd
Please contact Baron & Budd if you or a loved one developed cancer after the use of a talcum-based product manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. We will provide you with a free consultation and let you know if we may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call 866-723-1890 to learn more about your potential legal options.