Johnson and Johnson Recalls 33,0000 Bottles of Baby Powder After Testing Positive for Cancer Causing Asbestos
5Asbestos forms naturally alongside talc
The problem is that asbestos forms naturally alongside talc which forms the mineral base for making baby powder. However, not always does this happen and talc mines are required to be tested for asbestos. If found positive, they are supposed to be avoided. J&J has always claimed over the years that their powders do not contain asbestos.
6A Reuter’s investigation in 2018 stated that the company knew about it
One Reuter’s investigation in 2018 made the suggestion that it wasn’t entirely true and that the company knew all along. The report stated that form 1971 to 2000’s Baby Powder has repeatedly been tested positive for small amounts of asbestos and the higher-ups in the company did not reveal the findings and sought instead to subdue it.
7Mesothelioma a rare cancer caused by asbestos is growing in the US
A growing number of people in the US have been developing mesothelioma which is a rare cancer that affects the lining tissue of the lungs, chest cavity and other organs. It also accounts for .3% of all cancers in the country. For those with pleural mesothelioma, the survival rate on an average is only a year to 14 months at the most. This is according to the figures of the National Organization for rare Disorders.
8Authorities say that there is a strong connection between mesothelioma and asbestos
The international agency for cancer research (IARC) says that the association between mesothelioma and asbestos is pretty strong and that one can safely say that it is a toxin that causes cancer. Since its discovery in Baby Powder, the company has faced over 13,000 lawsuits which claim that its powders caused cancer and even death.
One study earlier in the week found that asbestos in talcum powder indeed causes cancer. The study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.