The ‘Johnson & Johnson’ brand has been found guilty of failing to “warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer” in an effort to boost sales.
If you are one of those mothers who use any of their products, now is the right time to have a rethink on what products you have been using on you or your baby’s skin.
A 62-year-old woman, Jacqueline Fox died in October from Ovarian cancer and the cause of her illness was traced back to Johnson and Johnson’s “Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene” products which she had used for over three decades.
Fox was diagnosed with the disease three years ago after being a regular user of the brands products for over thirty-five years.
After a three-week trial, jurors in St Louis, USA, found Johnson & Johnson guilty. The brand was held liable for “negligence, fraud, and conspiracy” and was required to pay the family of the deceased “ten-million dollars ($10,000,000) in actual damages and sixty-two-million dollars ($62,000,000) in punitive damages”.
This is not the first case the brand is facing. In a Missouri court, over one-thousand cases have been filed against the company with another two-hundred being recorded in New Jersey all cancer-related cases after victims used their products.
Part of Johnson & Johnson products are being produced by a different company. Eg, the ‘Shower to Shower’ brand is produced by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
The family lawyer confirmed that “Johnson & Johnson “knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk,” and yet resorted to “lying to the public, and lying to the regulatory agencies”.
Watch what you apply on your skin and your baby’s.