Three biggest cosmetic manufacturers Chanel, Revlon, and L'Oreal, have joined Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) move of removing talcum powder from their products due to growing concerns over the mounting cancer lawsuits.
Chanel removed talc from a loose face powder and dropped a talc body powder, Revlon Inc removed talc from its body products, and L'Oreal SA is searching for alternatives for the minerals, as reported by the companies. Chanel, which will continue to use talc in other products including pressed powder, blush, and eye shadow, said all the talc it uses is "selected according to strict purity criteria, fully complies with current global regulations, and is safe under standard conditions of cosmetic use."
Last month, J&J decided to stop selling its talcum products in the U.S. and Canada due to a decline in consumer demand and claiming misinformation about the safety of the products.
The manufacturers and distributors of talcum powder are involved in several lawsuits, each alleging that the asbestos present in the talc causes different forms of cancer.
In an analysis conducted last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asbestos was actively found in 9 out of 52 talc-containing cosmetic products, all of which were recalled voluntarily. The FDA is analyzing 50 more samples this year and is considering establishing an asbestos testing standard.
The talcum lawsuits are consolidated under multidistrict litigation (MDL) no. 2738, presided by the U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson and U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H Goodman.