In 2023, Johnson & Johnson will cease distributing talc-based baby powder globally
“Our position on the safety of our cosmetic talc remains unchanged. We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer,”
Baby powder containing talc will no longer be sold anywhere in the world, according to healthcare goods behemoth Johnson & Johnson, more than two years after it ceased doing so in the United States and Canada. Beginning in 2023, the corporation will no longer sell the product on the international market.
In Statement – “We continuously evaluate and optimize our portfolio to best position the business for long-term growth,” the company said in a statement. “This transition will help simplify our product offerings, deliver sustainable innovation, and meet the needs of our consumers, customers and evolving global trends.”
According to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson is considering roughly 38,000 lawsuits alleging that asbestos contamination in its talc products caused cancer.
J&J introduced talc-based baby powder in 1894, and the product has come to represent the company’s commitment to a family-friendly image.