Johnson & Johnson Claims ‘Misinformation About Talc Baby Powder’ Led To Ending Sales In US & Canada

Johnson & Johnson Claims Misinformation About Talc Baby Powder Has Led To Ending Sales In US & CanadaMriganka Chawla | Talent Recap

Millions of people across the world consider Johnson & Johnson baby powder a necessity in their households. That is all about to change now. The company announcing they will stop selling their talc-based products in North America.

The Company’s Products Have Been Linked To Diseases For Years

The company said in a statement “Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.” This is no doubt a reference to the fact that over 19,000 people have filed claims that the company’s talc-based baby powder contains cancer-causing asbestos. People maintain that they have developed ovarian cancer, through the use of the baby powder for feminine hygiene, or mesothelioma, cancer that strikes the lungs and other organs.


So, why is talc such a big deal? According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, typically, talc-based powders are not carcinogenic or cancer-causing. However, when used on genitals, it may be carcinogenic. Talc can sometimes be found in close proximity to asbestos which can lead to cancer if inhaled.

Johnson & Johnson Recently Lost $37.2M In A Lawsuit

In 2019, four people claimed that they developed cancer after inhaling asbestos from using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talcum powder products. They each recieved millions of dollars in compensatory damages. Lawyers from the company maintained that there was no detectable asbestos in the company’s products. In another case, 22 women alleged that the talc-based baby powder caused them to have ovarian cancer. Six of the women have even died from it. They recieved $4.7 billion from this lawsuit. Again, the company was in denial about there being any link between their talc products and cancer.

Other Johnson Products Will Continue To Be Sold

As an alternative, Johnson & Johnson will be selling their cornstarch-based baby powder in North America. They aim to prioritize the manufacturing and distribution of products that are in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic. But, people are unhappy that the talc products have been sold for so long. On an Instagram post by The Shade Room, one person wrote: “They’re about 20 years too late.” Another comment said “Yeah! 50 million cancer cases later.” People are aware of how this brand has gotten a negative reputation from all of its lawsuits. One Twitter user shared her personal experience with this and said “Wasn’t Johnson and Johnson already sued in a class-action lawsuit for asbestos in the talc that they used in their baby powder and Shower to Shower? My aunt used that all the time and she died of ovarian and breast cancer.”


“Johnson & Johnson was pretty much sued every year since 2000 because its products weren’t safe to use,” said another Twitter user. This is unfortunately true and we hope that the company can create safer products. This is essential considering that the majority of the products are used on babies and children.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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