Long ago when there weren’t many trustworthy brands for baby products women especially new mothers relied on J&J for its products were marketed to be safe and effective for infants and children alike. For years Johnson &Jhonsons have gained trust and had monopoly in the market.
Few years back a post went viral where a daughter claimed that her mother suffered from ovarian cancer caused by J&J talc, future researching discovered that the said company ‘s product does have carcinogenic properties that lead to cancer. Since then the company is under scrutiny for its products.
J&J faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors claiming its talc products caused cancer due to contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Many are pending before a U.S. district judge in New Jersey.” I wish my mother could be here to see this day,” said Crystal Deckard, whose mother Darlene Coker alleged Baby Powder caused her mesothelioma. She dropped the suit filed in 1999 after losing her fight to compel J&J to divulge internal records. Coker died of mesothelioma in 2009. J&J has faced intense scrutiny of the safety of its baby powder following an investigative report by Reuters in 2018 that found the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its talc.
Internal company records, trial testimony and other evidence show that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. According to a report published in Reuters.
Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fuelled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising,” J&J spokesman said in a statement.
Sold continuously since 1894 J&J being the industry giant their sales have shrunken to 0.5%, considering so much data on lawsuits in Pakistan it is high time that consumer courts strictly monitor J&J talc and report of any issues. Since the talc has a monopoly amongst consumers in Pakistan.