Johnson & Johnson (J&J) skin and hair care brands have long enjoyed a wholesome reputation with consumers. Many of us associate the name J&J with happy memories of skin care products for infants and children.
They seemed unlikely to be a company that would manufacture and sell products known by them to cause cancer.
But sadly – that’s what they’ve done.
A Missouri jury has just decided in favor of a group of women who sued J&J, alleging the company deliberately turned a blind eye to evidence that using talcum powder in the female genital area was linked to ovarian cancer. The products in question were made and sold by Johnson & Johnson and are called Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder.
In the suit, lawyers for the women presented evidence that J&J was aware of studies on talcum powder that showed a 92% increase in the risk of ovarian cancers in women who used talcum products around their genital areas. Researchers in 1982 even went so far as to warn the company to place warning stickers on their products – as did some of J&J’s talc suppliers. Those warnings and pleas were never heeded.