Baby Powder, Asbestos And Cancer Risk: Johnson & Johnson in Trouble

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New Evidence Shows Johnson & Johnson Execs Likely Knew Talc Found in Baby Powder Was Not Safe

For decades, claims of cancer-causing talc found in popular American household brand Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder have stayed alive through more than 11,700 plaintiffs and hundreds of personal injury reviews, successful lawsuits, and dozens of intense investigative reports. Most recently, under the close watch of a Reuters published review, thousands of court released internal and confidential documents uncover the company’s knowingly talc and asbestos risk could have been responsible for causing horrible diseases, such as ovarian cancer. Worse, it’s believed many Johnson & Johnson executives and scientists may have known about the issue since the early 1970s and chose to do nothing about it.

Within the Reuters review of these now unshielded Johnson & Johnson documents, as well as trial testimony and scientific research reviews, several conclusions were made as noted by Reuters in a December 14, 2018 NBC news special report.

  • “From at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.
  • 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.
  • In 1976, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was weighing limits on asbestos in cosmetic talc products, and J&Jlied that no asbestos was “detected in any sample” of talc produced between December 1972 and October 1973 even though at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 had found asbestos in its talc — in one case at levels reported as rather high.”

Johnson & Johnson responded to the Reuters report with a released statement saying, “The Reuters article is one-sided, false and inflammatory. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe and asbestos-free. Studies of more than 100,000 men and women show that talc does not cause cancer or asbestos-related disease.”

Large, historically branded American corporations like Johnson & Johnson have shown time and time again that profits are more of a priority than the health and safety of their consumers. But the truth is dangerous products specifically marketed to improve the health and comforts of everyday people, can be deadly, no matter how reputable the company behind them may be.

Understanding Your Rights as a Consumer

If you believe you have been injured as the result of a consumer product such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or other unsafe goods, please take the time to speak with one of our skilled injury attorneys to review your case, free of charge. While we want to believe the response from product manufacturers is right, we know that harsh realities are often settled behind the closed doors of executives and scientists who are swayed to release only certain facts.

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