Health Canada Warns Citizens That Talc Poses Health Risks in Forms Such as Baby Powder, Cosmetics, Bath bombs, and Other Talc Products
Health Canada researchers and researchers from Environment and Climate Change Canada published the final conclusions of a screening assessment that studied the safety of talc products. The research study was launched in 2018. According to Health Canada, talc found in popular products such as baby powder, bubble baths, and bath bombs increases ovarian cancer risks. The report also stated that some forms of talc might not pose a health risk to users. However, the conclusion presented by the study states that people should avoid using products that contain “loose forms of talc,” avoid talc in the powder form and stop using talc-containing products in the female genital area.
Canada Health issued a press release stating that “talc may be harmful to human health based on their study.” In addition, the media release states that the study discovered that:
- There is a potential for inhaling talc particles into the lungs when using products like body powder, loose face powder, and baby powder, which creates an increased risk of lung damage; and
- there are potential health risks for women who use certain when talc-containing, self-care products such as baby powder, body powder, genital antiperspirants, diaper and rash creams, deodorants, bath bombs, bubble bath products, and body wipes.
Currently, Health Canada is not suggesting that there is a health risk involving the ingestion or topical use of talc on the skin.
Canadians are being warned to look for talc listed in the ingredient lists on products that they are using, and to discontinue use of products comprised of loose talc, which could be inhaled or used around the female genitals.
WARNING: Talc Use Around the Female Genital Area Has Been Linked to an Increase Risk of Ovarian Cancer
In its recent media release, Health Canada has recommended that consumers who are concerned about their previous and current use of talc-containing products should also speak with their health-care professional.
Talc safety has been a significant source of controversy over the past several years. Thousands of ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed against the makers of talc baby powders for covering up cancer risks and for selling products that cause ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has already paid out over $5 billion in ovarian cancer legal settlements since 2016. Canada Health officials have stated that they are going to make changes to certain product monographs that contain talc, and encourage modified exposure to those products.
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