J&J to end baby powder with talc globally next year


Johnson & Johnson is pulling talc-containing baby powder around the world next year after it did the same in the US and Canada amid thousands of lawsuits that claimed it caused cancer.

The company said that the talc would be replaced with cornstarch.

The company has faced thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talcum powder caused users to develop ovarian cancer, gynecomastia, or mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lungs and other organs.

J&J insists, and the overwhelming majority of medical research on talc, indicates that talc baby powder is safe and does not cause cancer.

However, the controversy caused demand for the company’s baby powder to drop, and it removed talc from most products in North America.

J&J said the change will simplify its product selection and meet evolving global trends.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, were essentially flat before the opening bell on Friday.


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