In October, J&J said it would pull a single lot of 33,000 bottles off the market after a Food and Drug Administration-conducted test uncovered tiny amounts of the contaminant in one bottle of baby powder. The move to discontinue sales “puts a fence around the litigation for them.”. “We will continue to vigorously defend the product, its safety, and the unfounded allegations against it and the company in the courtroom.”, Health giant calls move a commercial decision after sales drop, Lawsuits have accused company of hiding cancer risks from talc. For example, syrup brand Aunt Jemima will get a new name and mascot later this year, its parent company PepsiCo announced Wednesday after publicly recognising the branding’s racist roots. Talc mines, however, can also yield asbestos, a mineral once used in products such as building insulation.

J&J officials said last month they’d had a 15% increase in the number of suits alleging baby powder causes different kinds of cancer. A company spokesperson also told AdAge that the name of the Neutrogena Fine Fairness products “may be perceived in an unintended way.”. The decision to discontinue was made during a portfolio assessment related to Covid-19 in March. The company said stores can continue selling its existing inventory until it runs out. J&J has faced lawsuits accusing it of hiding the cancer risks tied its talc-based version of baby powder since 2014. Widmer said 75% of its U.S. baby-power customers use the cornstach product, while 25% rely on the talc-based product. Updates with additonal context beginning in seventh paragraph, pull a single lot of 33,000 bottles off the market. Johnson & Johnson “remains steadfastly confident in the safety of talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder,” the company said in a statement.
Johnson & Johnson will discontinue lines of products that could be used for skin-lightening purposes, according to reports from AdAge and the New York Times.

Johnson & Johnson’s announcement about stopping the production of its controversial skin-lightening products comes as a number of companies have made plans to rename products, or have given new thought to long-standing messaging or brand images with controversial origins, to be more inclusive. J&J is likely seeking an “end date for talc claims,” said Leigh O’Dell, an Alabama-based lawyer who is overseeing more than 16,000 suits in federal court in New Jersey blaming the product for causing ovarian cancer. Johnson’s Baby Powder currently accounts for less than 1% of the company’s U.S. consumer-health revenue. The Best Snapchat Games To Play Right Now, Disable UPnP On Your Wireless Router Already, This Android Wallpaper Can Brick Your Phone, Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories, Nivea faced criticism for introducing a skin-lightening product line in Africa, companies have made plans to rename products, syrup brand Aunt Jemima will get a new name and mascot later this year, Aurora James says Sephora is the first major brand to sign her pledge asking retailers to commit 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses, The first Black Vogue cover model slams ongoing racism in the fashion industry, proposes rule to ‘meaningfully’ consider Black representation for executive positions, The coronavirus could majorly impact the beauty industry in the future, as people turn to DIY services at home, Give us your thoughts on these small business practices to win a $250 Westfield gift card, How farmers in Thailand are using armies of 10,000 ducks to keep rice paddies pest-free, Apple announced its iPhone 12 5G lineup in its October 2020 event with the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone Pro, Doing these 24 uncomfortable things will pay off forever, Yes, Apple just killed iTunes — here's what that means for your library of music, movies, and TV shows. May 19, 2020 – As part of a portfolio assessment related to COVID-19, in March, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health stopped shipping hundreds of items in the U.S. and Canada to prioritize high-demand products and to allow for appropriate social distancing in manufacturing and distribution facilities during this unprecedented pandemic. But the company said lab tests it commissioned found no sign of asbestos in the recalled lot, putting it at odds with U.S. health regulators who stuck by their test results. Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. “This was never our intention – healthy skin is beautiful skin.”. For example, in 2017, Nivea faced criticism for introducing a skin-lightening product line in Africa. A handful of talcum powder companies have put warning labels on their products, but Johnson & Johnson argued such a label would be confusing, because it stood by its product. Since the start of this year, the shares had gained 2.2% through Tuesday’s close. “We needed to skinny down” to free up space in manufacturing plants to allow for appropriate social distancing, Widmer said. Outside the U.S. those numbers are reversed, Widmer said, and the talc-based product will continue to be distributed abroad. Rather, ingredients like retinol can sometimes help to lighten dark spots on the skin. Have a confidential tip for our reporters? Wells Fargo Fires More Than 100 Workers for Abusing U.S. Aid, Stocks Fall as Stimulus Hopes Fade, Banks Slump: Markets Wrap, J&J Halts Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Due to Unexplained Illness, Apple iPhone 12 5G Line Wins Praise for Lower Prices, New Sizes, Investors Turn Skeptical of Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ Victory in U.S. “Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our dark spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement. The cases are in various stages in courtrooms around the country.

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