A jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion in damages to 22 women who claim the company’s talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer.
“A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes source)when applied regularly on the outside of the genitals for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.” (
Johnson & Johnson knowingly gave people ovarian cancer. There is a lot of evidence that fine powders applied to the genital area can eventually become embedded in the genito-urinary tract and cause cancer. Also, Johnson & Johnson knew for decades their talc was contaminated with asbestos and covered it up. Now they are facing billions in lawsuits.
“J&J knew that the talc in its raw and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos from the 1970s into the early 2000s – test results it did not disclose to regulators or consumers.” (source)
For over 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered up the evidence of asbestos in their products,” Lanier said in the press release. “We hope this verdict will get the attention of the J&J; board and that it will lead them to better inform the medical community and the public about the connection between asbestos, talc, and ovarian cancer. The company should pull talc from the market before causing further anguish, harm, and death from a terrible disease.“ (source)
Here’s one of the studies showing that using any fine powder on the genital area is dangerous:
“This 2013 study analyzed nearly 20,000 people and found that those who used any type of powder in the genital area were 20% to 30% more likely to have ovarian cancer than those who didn’t use any powder. The findings led the researchers to suggest that “avoidance of genital powders may be a possible strategy to reduce ovarian cancer incidence.” (source)
Imagine its toxicity when also contaminated with a known carcinogen: asbestos. Regardless, fine powders are dangerous when applied to the genito-urinary area. For a fresh feeling, wear 100% cotton underwear instead.