J&J responds to cancer concerns

J&J responds to cancer concerns

rsz_j&jMultinational group Johnson & Johnson has responded to concerns that longterm use of talcum powder could cause ovarian cancer. The company has posted a fact sheet on its website about Baby Powder to try and reassure customers that the product is safe after it was ordered to pay more than £50 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who claimed that her ovarian cancer was linked to use of talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

Fox claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. She died in October aged 62.

Around 1,000 lawsuits concerning cancer linked to talc products have been filed in Missouri and another 200 in New Jersey, according to Reuters.

But Johnson & Johnson has said that research papers since the 1990s have shown that talc is safe to use on genitals. “With over 100 years of use, few ingredients have the same demonstrated performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc,” Johnson & Johnson said.

The company said that talc is approved as safe for use in cosmetic and personal care products by the European Union, Canada and many other countries around the world, among them Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Turkey and Indonesia.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), which identifies potential risk factors for many diseases, has not identified talc as a risk factor for ovarian cancer.

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