Did Johnson & Johnson Know About Asbestos in Baby Powder?
New information from recently unsealed documents reveals that Johnson & Johnson could have known about asbestos in its baby powder products since the 1970s. The documents show asbestos testing of J&J’s talc products goes back to at least 1972. Plaintiffs who have pending lawsuits against the company can use this new information in court to make their case.
In one of the documents, an official working for the company recommended the use of chemicals to protect against “materials presenting a severe health hazard… potentially present in all talc ores in use at this time.” However, J&J’s tests of its talc show no traces of asbestos, even though the two minerals often occur near each other. The company has consistently denied the presence of asbestos in its talc products.
The unsealed documents also reveal that J&J pushed to stop the distribution of a booklet that revealed trace amounts of asbestos had been found at a mine the company purchased talc from.
Even Small Amounts of Asbestos are Dangerous
According to experts, even trace amounts of asbestos can pose a cancer risk. J&J faces more than 5,000 lawsuits across the country over claims its baby powder products caused cancer.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for Johnson & Johnson to keep denying the dangers of talcum powder,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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