It is frustrating as a consumer to discover that not all products sold in stores are safe. This becomes even more distressing when it’s a product that we may use on our children.
While the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates things we ingest orally, aside from color additives, it typically does not regulate cosmetics and other personal care products not labeled as drugs. This includes makeup, body wash, hair care, moisturizers and baby powder. Because of this lack of regulation, there is a risk that less ethical companies might not adhere to appropriate testing to ensure the safety of their products.
Talc-containing products may also contain trace amounts of asbestos
Baby powders frequently contain talc, which is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from the earth. It is what absorbs moisture and reduces friction, making it attractive to parents who want to reduce diaper irritation in their babies. Unfortunately, asbestos, a known cancer-causing toxin, is also a fine mineral that tends to be found in the same areas as talc. This increases the possibility of asbestos getting mixed in the talc used for personal care products.
If companies don’t impose their own rigid standards for safety testing, consumers could unknowingly use the product, inhaling tiny particulates of asbestos, and increasing the risk of health problems. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to certain cancers and mesothelioma. While the company Johnson & Johnson pulled all talc-based baby powder from store shelves in 2020, other companies have yet to take this step.
If you or a loved one suffer an injury due to unsafe, unregulated personal care items, you may have grounds to file a defective drug claim against the supplier. Having experienced guidance can help you make an informed decision on how to proceed.