Top 5 Most Important Facts about Talcum Powder

Baby talcum powder

Talcum powder, a naturally occurring mineral derived from the mineral talc, has been used for more than a century on babies and many people use it for daily hygiene. It is not only found in cosmetics, but it is used to keep skin dry and prevent chafing, soothe dry skin, treat eczema, set your makeup by absorbing and removing facial oils, freshen up your wardrobe, and eliminate the smell from shoes.

There are 5 important facts everyone should know about Talcum Powder:

Fact #1: Talc can sometimes contain trace amounts of asbestos. The American Cancer Society(ACS) indicates asbestos-contaminated talc is not a concern for cosmetic and household grade products, however, it does affect those whose professions, such as talc miners, bring them in contact with natural talc fibers.

Fact #2: Unlike food products, cosmetics and body products do not need to undergo an FDA review, but do need to be “properly labeled” and “safe under labeled or customary conditions of use.” (http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm293184.htm)

Fact #3: JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder products contain only U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) grade talc, which meets the highest “quality, purity and compliance standards.” The company’s sources for talc are routinely evaluated using a multitude of tests designed to ensure it complies with all U.S. and global standards.

Fact #4: An extensive review of all data on talc safety that was published in 2015 by the independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded “talc is safe in the present practices of use and concentration described in this safety assessment.” Since the review, no new data has become available that would change their assessment. (http://online.personalcarecouncil.org/ctfa-static/online/lists/cir-pdfs/PR467.pdf)

Fact #5: The ACS does acknowledge that it “has been suggested” that talc, in body powder or baby powder, could cause ovarian cancer if the powder comes in direct contact with the genital area. (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/talcum-powder-and-cancer)

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness due to the usage of talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation. The dedicated attorneys at The Madeksho Law Firm, PLLC can help.