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FDA promises better oversight of talc-containing cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to protect consumers from dangerous cosmetics. “We’ll soon be working with cosmetics manufacturers and requesting information about what procedures they use to ensure their cosmetics are safe and, in particular, about how they ensure that talc used in any cosmetic product is free from asbestos,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. The agency will investigate how manufacturers source talc and whether they test the raw talc they use and/or their finished products. The agency also aims to know how many cosmetic products contain talc and whether ... Read More

Husband testifies how mesothelioma has crippled his wife

Dean J. Mcelroy cried when he told a California jury how his wife Teresa Leavitt was the life of the party, how she coached their daughters’ volleyball team even though she didn’t know how to play. He talked about how her outgoing personality complemented his reserved demeanor. “Terry saved me from a life of loneliness,” he said. But in 2017, everything changed when Leavitt went to the doctor with back pain. He discovered a baseball-sized tumor in her chest. It was mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that develops in the lining of internal organs. She ... Read More

J&J subpoenaed over concerns about asbestos in talc

Johnson & Johnson was hit by subpoenas from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding safety concerns with its talcum powders. The consumer health care giant says it plans to comply with the subpoenas, which were revealed in an annual report filed with the SEC, as well as with Sen. Patty Murry’s request last month that it produce documents related to whether its talcum powders, including its signature Johnson’s Baby Powder, contain cancer-causing asbestos. The requests for information come after a December Reuters investigation that revealed internal documents showed the company was aware for decades ... Read More

FDA investigating allegations of asbestos in talc

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the possibility that cosmetics containing talc may be contaminated with asbestos and will “take appropriate actions to protect consumers,” the agency told SELF magazine. SELF posed the question, “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” in a recent issue of its online magazine. The story follows a Reuters investigation in December that revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its talcum powder products may have been contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, but the company never informed federal regulators nor did it warn ... Read More

Imerys dropped from talc trial a day after bankruptcy announcement

A California judge told a jury hearing testimony in the latest case to go to trial alleging a link between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis that J&J’s talc supplier was no longer a defendant in the case, and that they should not speculate as to why. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman made the announcement a day after Paris-based Imerys SA reported that three of its subsidiaries had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – including Imerys Talc America, which was named in the case – citing the more than 14,600 lawsuits the company faced ... Read More

Imerys files for bankruptcy amid mounting talc litigation

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to protect itself against more than 14,600 lawsuits in the U.S. that claim its talc causes cancer. Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada Inc., also filed for bankruptcy. All three are subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA. The filing will enable the companies to establish a trust to fund current and future claims. All lawsuits against the company involving cancer claims will also be centralized under one judge. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best ... Read More

Tens of thousands of asbestos fibers found in majority of talc samples

A scientist who heads a company that specializes in detecting microscopic asbestos fibers in samples of talc said he found up to 55,000 fibers of the carcinogenic mineral per gram in six out of seven samples from a Korean talc mine, which means that a 10-ounce bottle of talcum powder could contain as much as 14 million asbestos fibers, Law360 reported. The scientist, William Longo, is an electron microscopist who serves as president of Material Analytical Services, a company that specializes in finding near-invisible bits of asbestos in various samples. His equipment is highly sensitive – far more so than ... Read More

Jurors told J&J knew its talc could cause lung diseases, asphyxiate babies

The medical community has known since 1922 that inhaling talcum powder can lead to the lung disease talcosis and could even asphyxiate babies, yet Johnson & Johnson never warned consumers of its other talc-containing products of this risk. Instead, even after learning that asbestos was found in the talc it used, the company marketed its talcum products as “pure,” even adding fragrances to make the products more attractive to buyers, an epidemiologist testified to California jurors in the case of a woman suing J&J. Dr. David S. Egilman told jurors that his opinions are based on an analysis of the ... Read More

First talc-related mesothelioma case to be tried in Philadelphia

The first trial alleging a talcum powder product was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and caused a woman’s fatal mesothelioma is scheduled to begin this week in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. But instead of Johnson & Johnson in the hot seat, Colgate-Palmolive Co. will be defending the case. The trial involves the case of Sally Brandt, who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in November 2015. She and her husband filed a lawsuit a month later alleging she was exposed to the carcinogenic mineral through years of using Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. Brandt has since passed away. Brandt’s trial ... Read More

Sri Lanka halts imports of J&J talcum powders due to public health risk

The island country of Sri Lanka has halted imports of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products until the company can prove that its talc-containing products are not contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos. The news comes just weeks after federal authorities in neighboring India collected samples of talcum powder from two India-based Johnson & Johnson facilities to test for asbestos. That inspection was initiated after a Reuters investigation uncovered documents that showed Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that the talc it used in its products contained asbestos. The company never informed federal authorities in the U.S., nor did it warn consumers ... Read More