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Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling Talcum Powder Globally Due To Legal Battles

During this time, the court said that the company has played with the health of children. Besides this, the company was accused of adding asbestos to its products.

Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling Talcum Powder Globally Due To Legal Battles

Sentinel Digital Desk

New Delhi: Johnson & Johnson is planning to stop selling its talc-based baby-powder products globally in 2023 following the legal battles going on in the United States of America (USA).

As per the company, baby powder is already sold in countries around the world, but now it will be removed from the portfolio worldwide.

Reportedly, as per the reports, the firm has faced ten thousand of lawsuits from consumers who allege its talc products, including the instantly recognizable brand of Johnson's baby powder, caused them to develop cancer.

"As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio," the company said in a statement.

"As a result of this transition, talc-based Johnson's baby powder will be discontinued globally in 2023," it added.

In 2020, the company stopped selling its powder in the US and Canada. A type of harmful fiber of asbestos was found in this powder, which was considered to be the cause of cancer. In this case, 35 thousand women filed a case against the company for cervical cancer.

Following this, the demand for it in America was greatly reduced and the company stopped selling baby powder in America and Canada in 2020 under the pretext of sales decline, but it is still selling it in the rest of the world including Britain.

An American court has imposed a fine of 15 thousand crore rupees on the company due to ovarian cancer caused by this powder. During this time, the court said that the company has played with the health of children. Besides this, the company was accused of adding asbestos to its products.

The judge even said in his order that the crime committed by the company cannot be compared to money.

The company has been selling the powder since 1894 and the powder soon became the company's symbol product due to its family friendliness. Since 1999, the company's internal baby product division used to do its marketing representation which mainly contains baby powder, as J&J's "#1 Asset".

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