Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Tuesday January 15, 2019

These days, consumers across Connecticut purchase baby powder for any number of different reasons, and if you are among them, you may, like many other women, use the powder to absorb moisture or prevent friction or rashes. You may be endangering yourself by doing so, however, as a recent investigation revealed what many consumers and safety advocates have feared for quite some time: that baby powder contains cancer-causing substances. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we understand that the manufacturer of the product had knowledge of its risks, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of defective or dangerous products pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Reuters, the manufacturer of the baby powder in question was well aware that it contained cancer-causing substances, but it neglected to inform the public about the risks associated with using the product. Furthermore, the manufacturer appeared to have knowledge about baby powder risks for quite some time, as three tests conducted by three different labs back in the 1970s revealed that there was asbestos in the talc powder.

Even as far back as the 1950s, evidence exists to show that the talc powder manufacturer had reason to believe its product was dangerous. A consulting lab that examined the product in 1957 and again in 1958 reported that there were contaminants in baby powder, classifying the contaminants as one of the six minerals that fall under the asbestos umbrella.

Had the manufacturer alerted the public about the link between baby powder and ovarian and other cancers, it may have helped prevent the roughly 11,700 complaints from consumers who allege their use of talc powder caused cancer. You can find more on dangerous products by reviewing our webpage.

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