Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will stop making 'talcum baby powder' worldwide from next year. More than two years after it stopped marketing its own baby powder in the US, the announcement was made by one of the top companies in the cosmetics and healthcare sector.
J&J is facing thousands of lawsuits filed by many women in the United States. Plaintiffs claim that the harmful asbestos in J&J's powder caused ovarian cancer. J&J has repeatedly said that its products have been proven to be safe for the body in many independent studies. Now, in a statement, J&J said, 'As part of the global portfolio review, we have taken the commercial decision to fully transition to cornstarch-based baby powder.
The company also said that cornstarch-based baby powder is already being sold in many countries around the world. Arguing in favor of talcum powder, J&J said, 'Our position on the safety question of cosmetic talc remains unchanged. ' J&J decided not to sell talcum baby powder in the US and neighboring Canada in 2020. At that time, the company said that they are taking the decision mainly because of the decrease in demand in the face of 'false information. The main ingredient of talcum powder is collected underground. Asbestos is found in layers close to this mineral. Asbestos causes cancer in the human body. Source: BBC.