According to a news report posted on BusinessInsider.com, researchers discovered small amounts of asbestos, a deadly cancer-causing mineral, in a children’s makeup kit and in certain eye shadow products containing Talc. Asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma, which is an uncurable form of deadly lung cancer. According to Cancer.org, both mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the stomach) can form after a single fiber is inhaled into the lungs or if a fiber is “coughed up and then swallowed.”
Health and safety experts are very concerned about the test results. In one research study, three out of twenty-one eye shadow and kids’ makeup kits contained asbestos. The federal government does not require manufacturers to their products for asbestos contamination or provide safety warnings on their packaging that warns of potential asbestos contamination. Tragically, even if consumer products are found to be contaminated with asbestos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have the authority to force a product’s recall. For this reason, consumer advocates and public-health experts are fighting for more rigid regulations that require uniform talc-asbestos testing requirements and updates to labeling.
Talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that are often formed in close proximity. When talc is mined, some formations of talc contain “veins” of asbestos. As the talc is mined by machinery, the pockets of asbestos can be collected with the talc. The process of mining talc does not test for asbestos, and any asbestos contamination in the raw talc cannot be filtered out or removed. The talc is then pulverized into a fine powder and then sold to manufactures to create “baby powder,” eye shadow products, cosmetics, and other consumer products.
Safety advocates recommend that people avoiding using all talc-based products as a safety precaution. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
One recent test conducted by a nonprofit research and advocacy group, The Environmental Working Group, tested 21 cosmetic products that contain talc. The products included children’s makeup kits, eye shadows, body powders. The researchers discovered that three of the twenty-one samples were contaminated with detectable amounts of asbestos. The group’s results were consistent with the results produced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Talc is also the perfect delivery system for dispersing the asbestos fibers in the air and into the lungs of anyone who is in the room.
- Does Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Contain Asbestos?
- Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers
- Does talcum powder cause mesothelioma?
- How Does Talc Cause Cancer?
- Is Baby Powder the Same as Talcum Powder? If not, Is It Safe to Use?
According to Nneka Leiba, one of the research study’s authors stated, “There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. I think people should be quite concerned.”
CONTACT PARKER WAICHMAN LLP FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW
Were you or a loved one harmed by a talc product?
Parker Waichman LLP helps individuals who have been harmed by a talc product receive full monetary compensation. Trust your case with our product liability lawyers. For a free consultation, contact our law firm today by using our live chat or calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
New York | Brooklyn | Queens | Long Island | New Jersey | Florida
Call us at: 1-800-YOURLAWYER (800-968-7529) | Schedule your free consultation