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Johnson & Johnson confirmed that will stop selling its baby powder worldwide and that this input will be replaced by corn starch.
talcum powder for babies has been one of the biggest problems for the companybecause it has left him with a sea of lawsuits filed by clients who claim it is linked to cancer cases.
Johnson & Johnson had already stopped selling the talc in the North American region in 2020; however, outside this area, talcum powder was still for sale.
Even last April, Johnson & Johnson shareholders voted against a proposal that talcum powder be will stop selling in the Asian and South American marketsdespite the health risks for which he has been sued.
The center of the lawsuits charges that Johnson & Johnson sold talcum powder, allegedly contaminated with asbestos, a precursor to cancer, even though knew the product had health consequences.
To the date, the company faces more than 40,000 consumer lawsuitssome of these filed by women with ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, for the sale of the product.
Just last year, JJohnson & Johnson faced lawsuits that left it $1.6 billion in expenses in litigation involving baby talcum powder.
According to a report from New York Timesthe company has a reserve of $3.9 billion additional dollars for lawsuits that may arise from this same issue.
The cascade of million-dollar lawsuits led the company to finally make the decision to suspend the sale of talcum powder containers by 2023 worldwide and replace it with corn starch.
However, the company does not recognize this and ensures that it is a decision that results from the evaluation of its products that helps them “meet evolving global trends.”
Johnson & Johnson also does not acknowledge that its talcum powder product is linked to cancer cases.as hundreds of people who have sued the company say.
“We strongly support the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world confirming that Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder is safe, contains no asbestos and does not cause cancer“, the company has said.
Consumer complaints about the alleged presence of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder have been public since 1980, by various consumer advocacy groups.
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Source: La Opinion