Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder for Asbestos Contamination
Johnson & Johnson recently announced a recall of its baby powder after tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found small amounts of asbestos in a bottle of the talcum powder product. The company says it is investigating how asbestos contamination could have occurred and claims that it regularly employs rigorous testing procedures. Johnson & Johnson maintains that its talc products are safe.
However, an investigation by Reuters examined thousands of internal documents from Johnson & Johnson dating back several decades. The documents confirmed that as early as the late 1950s Johnson & Johnson knew there was asbestos contamination in its talc products, but the company did not notify the public.
Thousands of individuals have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson with claims the company’s asbestos tainted baby powder caused them to develop mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. While Johnson & Johnson has been found liable in many of these cases, the company continues to tout the safety of its talc-based products.
Individuals suffering from mesothelioma after using talc products should contact an attorney to discuss their rights. The mesothelioma lawyers at Baron & Budd have dedicated over 40 years to fighting for the victims of Asbestos. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please complete our contact form or call us at 855-280-7664 for a confidential evaluation and to learn more about your legal options.