Talc is a mineral that can be found in specific cosmetic products, including baby powder. The mineral is composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. According to some studies and recent litigation, there are instances in which use of talc is linked to the development of cancer. In fact, many lawsuits claim that use of baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson has been a contributing factor in causing thousands of women to develop ovarian cancer.
Because talc has absorbent properties, and lowers friction, products containing talc may be marketed to help maintain the skin in a dry condition and to guard against rashes. In addition, talc may be used in specific consumer products to prevent caking, to cause makeup to be nontransparent, and to enhance the way a product feels.
Talc can be found in many products, such as body powders, baby powder, blush, eye shadow and foundation. It is also one of the contents of chewing gum and rice. The two principal laws that regulate cosmetics that are marketed and sold in the U.S. are the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors cosmetics, it does not “approve” them.
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that color additives in cosmetics require approval from the FDA. However, several of their ingredients do not need to be approved. Furthermore, manufacturers are required to correctly label their cosmetic products, which must be safe for use by consumers.
While manufacturers are legally liable for the safety and labeling of their products and contents, they are not legally required to reveal such information to the FDA. Cosmetic and personal care products, such as those composed of talc, do not have to be subjected to the strict testing that is required of medications. Thus, there are no FDA warnings on such products.
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