Johnson’s Baby Powder Recall Over Asbestos Problems Highlight Allegations Raised in Pending Lawsuits

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By Austin Kirk
Posted October 25, 2019

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Federal regulators recently confirmed what has been alleged for years in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder lawsuits, indicating that asbestos fibers have been found in certain samples of the popular talcum powder products.

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Saiontz & Kirk, PA, Attorneys & Lawyers, Baltimore, MD

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Johnson’s Baby Powder recall that impacts 33,000 bottles distributed nationwide, after testing detected the presence of chrysotile fibers in the talcum powder, which is a type of asbestos that increases the risk of cancer.

The federal health officials are warning consumers to stop using the affected products, indicating that the FDA is continuing to test additional versions of the cosmetic products for asbestos.

So far, the FDA has only tested two samples of Johnson’s Baby Powder, and one tested positive for asbestos. The findings have increased concerns nationwide over the safety of baby powder, and provide important new evidence that supports claims being pursued by women nationwide developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer from talcum powder exposure.

Johnson & Johnson has attempted to defend these cases for years by arguing that their products never contained asbestos. However, that will be an increasingly difficult argument to make before juries.

Documents discovered during the litigation have already highlighted how Johnson & Johnson has worked to suppress information about the link between Baby Powder and asbestos for decades.

In July 2019, Bloomberg News reported that the company now faces a criminal probe about the asbestos problems, examining what officials knew about talcum powder cancer risks and when.

Following the recently announced recall for Baby Powder, Johnson & Johnson is still attempting to minimize the findings and the risk this may pose for consumers. However, since talcum powder is a cosmetic product, which does not treat or cure any disease, it is unlikely that consumers would have elected to use Johnson’s Baby Powder if they were aware they were dusting themselves and their children with powder that may contain asbestos fibers.

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The talcum powder lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review new claims for women who developed cancer that may have been caused by asbestos in Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower talc products. Most cases involve the diagnosis of ovarian cancer following years of talc powder use around the genitals.

If you, a friend or family member developed cancer that may have been caused by asbestos in talcum powder, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, and there are never any out-of-pocket expenses and no fees unless a recovery is obtained.

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