Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powders worldwide starting next year.
company already stopped selling Talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder was sued in the US and Canada in 2020 after hundreds of people claimed it caused cancer.
A 2018 Reuters investigation found that in the 1970s and early 2000s, Johnson’s baby powder sometimes test positive For small amounts of the carcinogen asbestos. The report also said that the company’s executives were aware of this.
Johnson & Johnson has consistently argued that its talc baby powder is safe. The company said its decision to pull the product was based on “misinformation” that caused people to stop buying it.
Courts have awarded more than $2 billion to those suing Johnson & Johnson and arguing that Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer.
Johnson & Johnson, which is based in New Brunswick, NJ, has replaced talcum powder with a cornstarch-based powder.
“Our position on the safety of our cosmetic talc remains unchanged,” the company said Thursday. “We stand firmly behind decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms that talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer.”