Talc is a clay mineral, which in its powdered form, is widely used in baby powder, as well as adult body powder, and cosmetics. It is the softest material known to man, which makes it useful in cosmetic applications. Asbestos can be found in talc deposits, leading to a risk of cross contamination.1

Talc Lawsuits

Reuters Investigation Finds J&J Knew of Asbestos in its Baby Powder

Through examination of Johnson & Johnson internal documents dating back to the 1970s, Reuters uncovered that Johnson & Johnson was aware the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that the company kept the information from regulators and the public2.

Study finds Genital Use of Talcum Powder May Increase Risk of Ovarian Cancer3

A study published in the journal Epidemiology found that use of talcum powder in the genital area may increase risk of ovarian cancer by 33%, especially with daily use. The study analyzed talcum powder use in over 4,000 women with or without ovarian cancer.