Starting next year, Johnson & Johnson will discontinue sales of talc-based baby powder worldwide.
According to reports, the company stopped selling talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada in 2020 after hundreds of people filed lawsuits claiming it caused cancer.
The company made the decision earlier after a 2018 Reuters investigation found that between 1970 and the early 2000s, Johnson’s Baby Powder occasionally tested positive for small amounts of the carcinogen asbestos.
The news report also said that company executives knew about it.
Despite the report, Johnson & Johnson has consistently argued that its talc baby powder is safe.
The company defended its decision to pull the product based on “misinformation” that led people to stop buying it.
The courts have already awarded more than $2 billion to people who have sued Johnson & Johnson and argued that Johnson’s Baby Powder caused cancer.
Due to the report, Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, N.J., has replaced the talc powder with cornstarch-based powder.
“Our position on the safety of our cosmetic talc remains unchanged,” the company said.
“We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer,” the company added.