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J&J to stop selling controversial talc baby powder worldwide in 2023

Johnson & Johnson   Discontinued Talc-based Baby Powder More than 2 years after ending sales in the U.S. of products that causedthousands of consumer safety lawsuitsworldwide in 2023 The drug company said on Thursday after the

"As part of a global portfolio evaluation, we have made the commercial decision to move to an all-cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio," said . Added. Its cornstarch-based baby powder is already available in countries around the world.

In 2020, J&J announced discontinuing sales of Talc Baby Powder in the United States and Canada. Demand slumped in the wake of so-called "misinformation" about product safety amid a flood of legal challenges.

The company has faced approximately 38,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors alleging that its talc products caused cancer through contamination with asbestos,a known carcinogen. ing.

J&J denies this claim, stating that decades of scientific testing and regulatory approval have proven its talc to be safe and asbestos-free. The company reiterated its statement on Thursday as it announced it was discontinuing the product.

The company spun off his subsidiary LTL Management in October, assigned ownership of the talc to the company, immediately filed for bankruptcy, and suspended pending litigation. stopped.

Before filing for bankruptcy, the company filed for $3.5 billion in judgments and settlements, including one in which 22 women were sentenced to over $2 billion in judgments, according to bankruptcy court records. I was facing costs.

A 2018 Reuters study found that J&J had been exposed to the carcinogen asbestos in talc products for decades. According to company records, test testimonies, and other evidence, from at least 1971 until the early 2000s, J&J raw talc and finished powder contained small amounts of asbestos. have shown positive reactions to

In response to evidence of asbestos contamination presented in media reports, J&J has repeatedly stated that its talc products are safe and do not cause cancer.