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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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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