Johnson & Johnson to Stop Production of Talc-Based Baby Powder 

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After being sued by cancer patients who claimed that its baby powder contained asbestos—Johnson & Johnson stopped using talc in 2020. Now, the company will switch to cornstarch in its baby powder by 2023. 

More than 40,000 lawsuits were filed against the company over the past few years with plaintiffs alleging they were sickened with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Further, they allege that the company continued to use talc even knowing the health risks. 

“It’s kind of the no-brainer solution,” Alex Scranton, director of

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