Johnson & Johnson Set to Discontinue Talc-Based Baby Powder Globally in 2023

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Discontinue Talc-Based Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson baby powder has been a staple in households across the world for the better part of the last century. Baby powder, often made of talc powder, has been used by women as a dusting powder to help keep their vaginal regions dry. Talcum is a naturally occurring mineral that happens to develop close to asbestos, sometimes causing talc to be contaminated with asbestos fibers. Johnson & Johnson has been sued many times over by patients who claimed its talc was contaminated with asbestos.

Johnson & Johnson announced in August of 2022 that they will start using cornstarch in the baby powder it sells globally. This shift marks a move away from talcum powder which has been the center of asbestos litigation for some time now. This isn’t the first time the company has pulled its talc-based powder from shelves as Johnson & Johnson stopped selling talcum-based powder in 2020 in North America.


In the United States, there have been more than 40,000 lawsuits from women with ovarian cancer and mesothelioma tied to their use of Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder. These suits expose Johnson & Johnson of being aware of the talc-based baby powder being contaminated with asbestos as well as the associated health risks. The company acknowledged the change from talc to cornstarch as part of a “continuous evaluation of its portfolio and would help simplify its product offerings and meet evolving global trends.”

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