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Johnson & Johnson ready to stop supply of talc-based baby powder worldwide by 2023

By wasmulhaq 
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New Jersey: Johnson & Johnson baby powder is a household name. Its smell makes the atmosphere joyful. Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson has decided to stop its sales across the world by 2023, as stated by the drugmaker on Thursday. The talc-based baby powder terminated its sales in US and Canada two years ago.

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“As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio,” it said, adding that cornstarch-based baby powder is already sold in countries around the world.

J&J announced it had stopped its talc baby powder in the United States and Canada due to the spread of wrong information in these two nations regarding the product’s safety.

The company had to face nearly 38,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors claiming the talc products were spreading cancer because of contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen.

J&J denies the allegations, saying decades of scientific testing and regulatory approval have shown its talc to be safe and asbestos-free. On Thursday, it reiterated the statement as it announced the discontinuation of the product.

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Ben Whiting, an attorney with the plaintiffs’ firm Keller Postman, said because the lawsuits are paused in bankruptcy, the company’s sale decision won’t immediately impact them.

Johnson and Johnson baby powder first time launched in 1894.

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