For years, Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder has been a must-have in many households. Your shower routine wasn’t complete without it. That will soon be a thing of the past. According to The New York Times, the company is ending sales of their talc-based sales product in North America.
“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.”
This comes after paying out billions of dollars in legal battles claiming the product caused cancer, according to NPR.
Philadelphia woman Kristal Kim, won a lawsuit in 2018 against Johnson & Johnson claiming it was the reason she had ovarian cancer, twice.
“It means no more little girls are going to go through what we went through,” said Ms. Kim, who started using baby powder when she was 10 years old. “This stops now. That monster is off the shelves.”
It’s also said that the company was fearful that the product contained unhealthy substances. According to Reuters, “From at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.”
NPR reports Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women and their families who say the powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. Also, a woman in California was awarded $29 million dollars, after claiming the product caused her to have mesothelioma.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been around for more than a century, and is known to be one of the most recognizable scents in the world.
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