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Johnson & Johnson to stop baby powder production in US and Canada

05/20/2020 - 03:23

The American company Johnson & Johnson announced that it will stop the production of baby powder in the USA and Canada. In the past, the product brought up numerous lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Mike Mozart via flickr
Mike Mozart via flickr
"The company decided to finally cease production of approximately 100 products... including Johnson's Baby powder based on talcum powder. This solution will only apply in the US and Canada," the company said in a statement.

The company noted that demand for Johnson's Baby powder in North America is declining largely due to changes in consumer habits, as well as "fueled by misinformation regarding product safety and ongoing lawsuits."

"Johnson & Johnson remains firmly confident in the safety of talcum-based Johnson's Baby powder. Decades of scientific research by medical experts worldwide confirm the safety of our product," the company added.

According to the Wall Street Journal, as of March, US courts filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson from about 19.4 thousand plaintiffs. Plaintiffs claim that the powder of this manufacturer causes ovarian cancer, as well as mesothelioma, a fairly rare type of cancer that is usually caused by asbestos exposure.

At the end of 2018, Reuters published its own investigation of traces of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder, which led to cancer in people who used this product. The agency said that for decades the company had known about talc content of asbestos impurities, but they hid these facts from both the authorities and the public.


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