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After numerous accusations, Johnson & Johnson stops the production of baby powder worldwide

After numerous accusations, Johnson & Johnson stops the production of baby

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will stop making and selling talc-based baby powder worldwide, starting next year.

The announcement comes more than two years after the healthcare giant halted sales of the product in the US.

J&J has faced tens of thousands of lawsuits from women who claim the talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them ovarian cancer. But the company reiterated its view that decades of independent research show the product is safe to use.

In the last statement, the brand emphasized once again that its baby powder is safe:

"Our position on the safety of our cosmetic talc remains unchanged. We stand firm after decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world confirming that Johnson's talc-based baby powder is safe, asbestos-free and cancer-free .”

In 2020, J&J said it would stop selling baby powder in the US and Canada because demand had fallen after what the brand called "misinformation" about the product's safety amid a number of legal issues.

At the time, the firm said it would continue to sell the powder in the rest of the world.

A 2018 investigation by the Reuters news agency alleged that J&J had known for decades that asbestos was present in its talc products. Reuters said internal company records, testimony and other evidence showed that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, J&J's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos.

In response to evidence of asbestos contamination presented in courtrooms, media reports and US lawmakers, the firm has repeatedly denied the allegations.

In October, J&J created a subsidiary, LTL Management, assigning the talc claims to it. The subsidiary later filed for bankruptcy, which terminated the pending lawsuits.

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