Do You Know What May Be in Your Talcum Powder?

March 11, 2020

Consumers have been using talc-based products for decades. The soft, powdery consistency of talc makes it the key ingredient in many cosmetics and powders. Unfortunately, in recent years it has been discovered that many talc products are also contaminated with asbestos. Individuals using asbestos-contaminated talc products may be at risk for developing deadly asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used as an insulating material because of its heat resistant properties. Today, asbestos has largely been banned after it was discovered that asbestos exposure can cause many deadly health issues.

Why is Asbestos in Talcum Powder?

Talc and asbestos are both natural minerals that can form alongside each other. During the talc mining process, asbestos minerals can also get excavated along with the talc. Talc products made from this asbestos-contaminated talc will also contain asbestos.

Asbestos Diseases

Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. There are several types of mesothelioma. One type, pleural, affects the lining of the lungs and another type, peritoneal, affects the lining of the abdomen. Mesothelioma has a very long latency period, meaning people exposed to asbestos may not show signs of mesothelioma for decades.

Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits claiming its baby powder caused the plaintiffs to reportedly develop mesothelioma after use. In a recent case, a jury awarded several women more than $4 billion after they argued that their ovarian cancer was caused by asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The company still claims that its products are safe and denies all allegations that its products contain asbestos.

Moving Forward

Tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently discovered asbestos in some cosmetic products and powders, including Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The FDA is looking to standardize testing for asbestos and other minerals in talc. New standards may be put in place to ensure talc product manufacturers produce quality products.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are likely entitled to compensation from those responsible. Make sure you have the best mesothelioma attorneys on your side throughout the legal process. We know that no amount of money from a lawsuit can make things right, but the money from a lawsuit can help your family cover costly medical bills and help support your loved ones at a time when you may be struggling financially. Call (866) 538-0485 or contact us online.