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Research shows softening compound in PVC piping to be cancer risk

It can be difficult as a consumer to know what new health scares are mostly media hype and what ones pose actual danger to you and your loved ones. It seems like every day, there is some report of medical issues related to popular products. Everything from eating certain foods to using certain kinds of paint in your house has come under fire for potential health risks.

With so much conflicting information, you might choose to ignore it all and hope for the best, assuming that companies wouldn't intentionally make or sell dangerous products. However, there is another way to sort through all of those claims and engage in harm reduction practices for yourself and your family.

California woman awarded $29 million in talcum powder case

For decades, women used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder as a way to keep themselves as fresh as possible. During those same decades, it is very likely that Johnson & Johnson executives were aware of asbestos contamination in the mines providing the talc for their product.

In other words, millions of women unknowingly sprinkle a dangerous carcinogen into their babies' diapers and even their own undergarments. In recent years, scientists have established a correlation between asbestos exposure and certain reproductive cancers, specifically ovarian cancer.

New Roundup trial underway in San Francisco

Companies that put out a brand name product will often do just about anything to defend their investment in said product. Even if there is evidence that a product has harmed people or could potentially endanger consumers, companies may attempt to protect their bottom line instead of the general public.

Especially in situations where a product has long-term health implications instead of immediate ones, companies may simply take the approach of denying everything until they cannot possibly continue to do so. That certainly seems to be the case with Roundup, a popular herbicide also known as glyphosphate.

Johnson & Johnson served federal subpoena over asbestos claims

For years, Johnson & Johnson has claimed that its baby powder is safe and contains no asbestos contamination. However, internal memos uncovered by investigators make it clear that Johnson & Johnson was aware of contamination going back decades.

They may have directly chosen not to close mines that they knew to have asbestos contamination in talc deposits. They may also have conducted chemical tests that showed proof positive of contamination. Some internal memos even contain discussion by executives reflecting on the fact that the contamination levels would be within the legal range established for inhalation by miners, thus rendering the contamination a non-issue.

Asbestos exposure cases can lead to civil and criminal action

Most of the time, when asbestos makes the news, it is in relation to a civil court case. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that humans have long used to create a broad range of products. Unfortunately, the people who handle, produce or transport those products can wind up sickened from environmental exposure to the deadly carcinogen.

People have sought compensation for asbestos-related illnesses from employers and product producers. Employees can find themselves exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos at work, resulting in a variety of illnesses in later years. Some consumer products, such as talcum powder, have in recent years also been linked to asbestos and certain cancers.

Long timelines make asbestos exposure complicated

We know that asbestos exposure can lead to all manner of health complications, including cancers like mesothelioma, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. These can be fatal. People are careful to limit their exposure to try to stay safe and healthy for years to come.

However, none of this happens overnight. One of the main problems that makes this so complicated is that there are long timelines and delayed results. People may not even realize that they are getting exposed or just how harmful it is at the moment that it is happening.

India resumes testing for asbestos in Johnson & Johnson powder

When a company becomes a household name, like Johnson & Johnson's has with their baby powder, also known as talcum powder, they tend to receive the respect and trust of both consumers and officials. Unfortunately, the respect of officials in positions of legal authority for a brand or company could lead to insufficient or lackluster legal oversight.

Johnson & Johnson is a prime example. Because of how large and well-known the company is, regulators around the world likely trust their product as safe. However, in the face of evidence that the company knew about potential asbestos contamination for decades and did nothing to reduce the risk to consumers or warn them has increased scrutiny of the company and its products.

FDA rejects petition request for improved asbestos reporting

Inadequate government oversight seems to play a significant role in issues related to many workplace safety issues, including asbestos contamination. For years, the government did not take an official stance on asbestos. Eventually, medical science made it clear that prolonged exposure to asbestos could eventually cause serious medical issues, such as the deadly cancer mesothelioma.

That knowledge prompted the government to limit how much exposure a company could permit in employees and resulted in guidelines intended to minimize the health impact of asbestos in the environment and in products. It also gave rise to public awareness about the potential dangers of asbestos in their environment. Unfortunately, very little is known about environmental asbestos exposure.

Agency claims not enough attention paid to asbestos in buildings

Asbestos is a known carcinogen that the government has placed restrictions on for decades. Companies that work with asbestos have to have certain protections in place to limit the amount of exposure their workers experience. Many companies can no longer use asbestos for certain kinds of products as a means of limiting how much asbestos exposure the average person has in their lifetime.

Any exposure is dangerous, as people often inhale particulate asbestos without even realizing it is in the environment. Those fibers build up in the lungs and cause damage, which can lead to lung conditions and cancers many years or even decades after the exposure. Obviously, people want to carefully limit or eliminate their exposure to asbestos for their own future health.

Memos show that Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos issues

Johnson & Johnson, the monolithic health and beauty company, has long denied the potential for asbestos contamination in their talcum powder products. Marketed as baby powder, this popular Johnson & Johnson product was sold for years to mothers, as well as to adults who wanted to freshen their genitals and avoid dampness in their underwear.

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, and its deposits in the earth are often quite close to deposits of asbestos. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson should have strict purity and testing standards to prevent potential contamination that could endanger or even kill consumers. Sadly, many companies cut corners in areas that directly impact consumer safety and try to avoid consequences.


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