There are currently over 15,000 pending lawsuits against the manufacturer of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, accusing the company of allowing asbestos contamination that caused both malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Though the company has vigorously denied these charges and claimed to have a rigorous testing method that prevents their talc-based products from containing any trace of asbestos, a recent FDA test has forced the company to recall approximately 33,000 bottles of its iconic product. This finding will likely have a significant impact on the company’s ability to defend itself.
Malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer have both been blamed on the presence of asbestos, a carcinogenic material, in talc powders that consumers have used for decades. Asbestos deposits are frequently situated adjacent to talc deposits, and it is this close proximity that leads to cross-contamination. Johnson & Johnson has argued against this assertion in court, saying that it takes its responsibility to the public seriously and conducts rigorous testing. A statement accompanying news of the recall said, “JJCI has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions–and as recently as last month–found no asbestos.” The company has indicated that it intends to investigate the integrity of the FDA’s testing method, a comment that led the FDA to issue its own statement saying, “The FDA stands by the quality of its testing and results.” They also went on to say that they were “not aware of any adverse events relating to exposure to the lot of affected products.”
The product that has been recalled is from Lot #22318RB of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, and consumers are advised of both the recall and a refund. To date there have been several significant jury awards to victims who claim to have been sickened by asbestos in product they used for years, including a $4.69 billion award to 22 women and their families after they were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Several mesothelioma victims have also been awarded mult-million-dollar verdicts.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, and you believe it may have been linked to your use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.