Reports Show That Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Contains Asbestos

 Posted on December 24, 2018 in Dangerous Products

DuPage County product liability attorney baby powderIn the United States, we expect the products we use to be safe, but unfortunately, large corporations often put profits ahead of public safety, and unsafe or dangerous products are put on the market as a result. When people are injured by the negligence of product manufacturers, they deserve to be compensated for their damages. In some cases, injuries may even be caused by trusted brands that many people have relied on for decades. This was illustrated recently by reports that Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been found to contain asbestos.

J&J Knew That Baby Powder Danger Existed for Decades

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been a popular product for over 100 years. However, when the talc used in this product is mined from various sources around the world, it can become contaminated by tremolite, a naturally-occurring form of asbestos. While J&J has claimed that its Baby Powder is safe to use and does not contain dangerous amounts of asbestos, recently-uncovered reports have shown that the company was aware that their products were contaminated and took steps to conceal this information from the public.

A Reuters investigation has found that as early as the late 1960s, Johnson & Johnson was aware that the talc used in its products contained asbestos. As the dangers of this substance became known, J&J claimed that it had addressed this issue and taken steps to remove asbestos from its Baby Powder. However, internal company documents have revealed that over the subsequent decades, the company was aware that the product continued to contain unsafe levels of the substance, and it took steps to misrepresent data when reporting results of product testing to the FDA.

The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. Baby Powder contaminated with asbestos has also been linked with ovarian cancer. While Johnson & Johnson continues to claim that its products are safe and free of asbestos, there have been several recent successful lawsuits against the company. These new reports show that J&J has failed to protect the safety of the public, and those who have contracted illnesses after using Baby Powder deserve to receive compensation for the harm done to their families.

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