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J&J Was Alerted to Risk of Asbestos in Talc in ‘70s, Files Show

Sept. 22, 2017, 8:51 PM

Johnson & Johnson trained its employees to reassure anyone concerned about whether the company’s talcum powder contained asbestos that the cancer-causing substance “has never been found and it never will’’ in its iconic baby powder, according to an undated training memo unsealed recently in a lawsuit against the drugmaker (Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, C.C.E.D. Mo., No. 1522-CC10417).

But plaintiffs say other unsealed documents indicate that J&J has known for decades that its talc products include asbestos fibers and that the exposure to those fibers can cause ovarian cancer. The talc used by J&J to make its products ...