Johnson's Baby Powder Cancer Risks Has Mothers Concerned For Their Children's Safety And Wellbeing
There is no greater nightmare than accidentally hurting a child and using Johnson's Baby Powder may have turned those fears into reality
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Mothers around the world are asking "should I be worried about my child getting sick from using Johnson's Baby Powder?" The answer to that question is clearly yes. We all need to be a little more concerned and also more aware of talc warnings from the past. Last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued subpoenas to Johnson & Johnson demanding documents related to what the company knew about the presence of asbestos in their talc, and when they knew about it. In addition, the list of people that have developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and successfully sued JNJ for causing the disease continues to increase. Most recently a woman with mesothelioma was awarded $29 million in a lawsuit against the company. Even Reuters and the New York Times have published the results of their investigations into Johnson & Johnson and have accused executive at the company covering up their knowlege that their Baby Powder contained asbestos for over 50 years so as to maximize the company's profits. Talcum powder cancer lawsuits represented by top national attorneys are helping families harmed by Johnson and Johnson's baby powder containing asbestos and offering a no-obligation, free consultation.
On the other hand, Johnson & Johnson adamantly denies that their iconic brand of baby powder contains asbestos and that does talc alone does not cause cancer. The company points to the FDA as not having ever found asbestos in talc nor has any of the hundreds of other independent scientific tests the company highlights in its defense at trial. It has recently come to the public's attention, however, that the FDA testing and evaluation of drugs and medical devices is fundamentally flawed and a number of very dangerous products are now on the market. Notwithstanding the FDA's testing shortcomings, as a cosmetic, Johnson's Baby Powder has escaped government regulation and the cosmetics industry has been relied upon to be self-policing.
It is not as if the potentially health-damaging effects of talc have not been known, they just have been ignored for a very long time. Bottles of Johnson & Johnson have always had a respiratory warning label on the bottles of its iconic baby powder. According to www.babypibu.com, "The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using baby powder because of the respiratory risk that the talc poses. Talc-based powders are made of fine particles that can be inhaled, which can cause irritation in the lungs and inflammation, which can cause additional respiratory issues."
It is widely anticipated that at the very least, Johnson's Baby Powder could be required to update their product's warning label to include a cancer warning. Another marketing avenue Johnson & Johnson could take is to make the switch from talc to cornstarch, a compound that is not linked to asbestos or cancer. If it is proven beyond a doubt that Johnson's Baby Powder Talc contains asbestos as several juries have concluded, then yes, talcum powder should be avoided at all costs, but we're not there yet.