J&J will end sales of baby powder with talc globally next year

Johnson & Johnson will pull baby powder containing talc around the world next year after doing the same in the United States and Canada amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it caused cancer.

Talc will be replaced with cornstarch, the company said.

The company has faced thousands of lawsuits alleging its talcum powder has caused users to develop ovarian cancer, due to its use for feminine hygiene, or mesothelioma, a cancer that strikes the lungs and other organs.

J&J insists, and the overwhelming majority of medical research on talc indicates, that talc-based baby powder is safe and does not cause cancer.

However, demand for the company’s baby powder plummeted due to controversy, and it removed talc from products in most of North America.

J&J said the change will simplify its product selection and respond to changing global trends.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, were essentially flat before the opening bell on Friday.

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