Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Its Baby Powder for Decades

Juries across the U.S. have returned verdicts on whether Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. 22 women were awarded almost 5 billion dollars this summer while other lawsuits have been rejected.

Now recent reports from Reuters show executives at Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that the talcum powder used in its baby powder contained asbestos and didn’t tell the public.

Investigators examined court documents, trial depositions and trial testimony that reportedly shows from at least 1971, Johnson & Johnson executives and lawyers knew that the company’s finished powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos.



Photo: “Johnson’s Baby Powder, Talc” by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0