Dangerous baby powder – level 3

18-08-2022 07:00

Johnson&Johnson is the world’s largest healthcare company; in 2023, it will stop its global sale of its controversial talc baby powder. The change is happening more than two years after the company ended sales of the product in the US and Canada.

The baby powder drew about 38,000 consumer lawsuits over alleged materials that cause cancer, and the product’s demand felt. Johnson&Johnson denied all allegations and called them misinformation; however, last week, it announced that it would shift to a cornstarch baby powder. They already sell it in several countries around the world.

Johnson&Johnson repeatedly said that its talc products were safe, and they didn’t cause cancer; however, people found evidence the company knew asbestos was present in its products for decades.

Difficult words: talc (a soft, grey mineral with a soapy feel), cornstarch (a flour made from corn or maize that people usually use as a thickener in cooking), asbestos (a heat resistant mineral with long and thin fibers).

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