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Why This Matters: J&J has maintained that its powder products do not contain asbestos — but now that the government testing revealed traces of asbestos, the company is at even greater risk of losing the public’s trust. The company has lost several lawsuits (there are thousands more cases pending) and had billions in judgments against it already (all of which they are appealing), in which users of its baby powder claimed it caused their cancer. The company had claimed that its powder did not contain asbestos and did not cause cancer. But Reuters reported last year that internal company records and other evidence show that “from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.” J & J needs to come clean — their entire company was built on the motto safety first.
The Cases Against J & J
The fact that the company appears to have known of the asbestos in its talcum powder but publicly denied it has been a key factor in its losses in court.
The New York Times reported last year that an “executive at Johnson & Johnson said the main ingredient in its best-selling baby powder could potentially be contaminated by asbestos, the dangerous mineral that can cause cancer. He recommended to senior staff in 1971 that the company “upgrade” its quality control of talc.”
Johnson’s Baby Powder was created by the company more than 125 years ago as packets of talc used to treat skin irritation, but then mothers began applying the talc to infants’ diaper-chafed skin. The company realized that it would be a huge seller so they added a fragrance that would become one of the most recognizable in the world, and began selling it in 1893 as Johnson’s Baby Powder. In the late 1950s, J&J discovered that talc from its chief source mine contained a substance called tremolite that can sometimes be found in talc deposits as crystalline fiber known as asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. The World Health Organization says there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos and although most people exposed to asbestos never develop cancer, for some, even small amounts of asbestos are enough to trigger the disease years later.
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Farmworkers in Florida have to work in “dangerously hot” heat for 116 days of the year, Sam Bloch reported in The Counter. These farmworkers, according to the CDC, are 20 times more likely to die from heat than other US civilians. Despite the high levels of fatalities farmworkers face […]
Why This Matters: After the President suggested that disinfectants might be a good treatment for COVID-19, many worried about the public improperly using household cleaning products to treat themselves. But there are also manufacturers who peddle dangerous products and we need to be able to trust the government when it says a product should or should not be used in fighting COVID.
As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend. While some states have […]
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