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Johnson & Johnson to stop sale of baby powder in US, Canada, will continue selling it elsewhere

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The company said demand for the product has declined due to ‘misinformation’, as it faces thousands of lawsuits claiming contamination in its talcum powder.
Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday said it will stop selling its talcum baby powder in the United States and Canada owing to a drop in demand, according to Reuters. The company faces thousands of lawsuits claiming asbestos contamination in its baby powder.
“Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due to changes in consumer habits, fuelled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising,” the company said in a statement.
Johnson & Johnson said that it had stopped shipping the talcum baby power after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed as shopping and manufacturing was limited. The company said it would now wind down its North American sales.
There are more than 19,000 lawsuits against the company. Several of these alleged that the baby powder caused Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs and other organs commonly caused by asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause cancer that only emerges decades after being exposed to it.
In 2018, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.

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