Lawsuit alleges asbestos-tainted baby powder caused mesothelioma

20 Nov 2017 by under News
Johnsons Baby Powder massage 100x100 Lawsuit alleges asbestos tainted baby powder caused mesothelioma

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Because asbestos is a naturally occurring set of minerals, it can be found in other mined substances. This explains how asbestos can end up in makeup, as MyMeso has previously reported, and other personal care products. Most recently, baby powder has come under fire for containing asbestos-tainted talc.

A lawsuit in California alleged Tina Herford developed mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen, after being exposed to asbestos via Johnson & Johnson . However, a Los Angeles Superior Court Jury found in favor of J&J and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc, according to Reuters.

Mesothelioma generally takes decades after initial exposure to asbestos to develop, but, once diagnosed, patients with the cancer rarely live longer than 18 months due to few viable treatment options.

J&J, who is separately facing thousands of lawsuits alleging a connection between its baby powder and the development of ovarian cancer, maintained its product is safe. “Johnson’s Baby Powder has been around since 1894 and it does not contain asbestos or cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer,” J&J said.

Herford’s lawyers claim internal J&J documents show the company was aware of the presence of asbestos in the talc it was using for decades and kept selling the product anyway. Her lawyer, Chris Panatier, cautioned against reading too far into this first ruling concerning talc and asbestos. “It is a matter of time before juries begin holding them to account,” he told the news source.

J&J faces around 5,500 plaintiff lawsuits related to its talc baby powder products.

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