You’d think that in 2020 huge companies wouldn’t be knowingly poisoning consumers and getting away with it. As it turns out; the old faithful belief that ‘they don’t care’ is still as true today as it was in the 70’s when people didn’t have the internet to inform them otherwise.
Just last week 3 law firms (Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Abtahi Law Group LLC, and McGowan, Hood & Felder LLC) came together to launch the biggest lawsuit on major brands and retailers like Walmart, CVS, Target and of course the infamous Johnson & Johnson brands. See full list below*
"This is a public health crisis that has gone unchecked for decades," said Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholder Trent Miracle. “The defendants, who represent brands trusted by millions of consumers, have to be held accountable for causing so much harm and putting so many more people at risk." While specific damages were not requested at this time, Miracle said the amount could total tens of millions of dollars.
‘Purity Standards’ formed in 1976, and still in tact, allows carcinogens like highly toxic arsenic, lead, asbestos, and hexavalent chromium to be included in talc powder (up to 10%), and without having to be listed as an ingredient.
But scientific evidence has been persistently connecting talc powder to ovarian cancer, and Johnson & Johnson has already faced this lawsuit. In fact, in 2018 J&J was ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women and their families. Not to mention other successful suits prior to that.
The lawsuit is based on a violation of California law; Proposition 65, which requires businesses to provide a ‘clear and reasonable warning’ before exposing consumers to chemicals known to cause cancer. This is why we love California.
Let this be the year that talc powder is finally eradicated from beauty products.
SIDENOTE: This is why we use food grade Tapioca, not Talc.
*(Bausch Health Companies Inc.; Bausch Health U.S., LLC; CVS Health Corporation; CVS Pharmacy, Inc.; Dollar General Corporation; Dolgen, LLC; Dolgen California, LLC; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.; Sanofi, S.A.; Sanofi US Services, Inc.; Chattem, Inc.; Target Corporation; Target Brands, Inc.; Walgreen Co.; and Walmart Inc.. Suppliers named as defendants are Davion, Inc.; Garcoa, Inc.; Personal Care Products, LLC; Stone Arch Capital, LLC; Premier Brands of America Inc.; and Thornton Industries, Inc.)