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Asbestos in Talc: What You Need to Know

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As consumers, we place a great deal of trust in the companies that place products on our shelves and in our bathrooms. We trust these companies to let us know when those products might pose certain risks to our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

One such danger is the risk of asbestos exposure with asbestos contaminated talcum powder and other talc products. People, largely women, who used talc products may have been exposed to asbestos, putting them at risk of developing related health conditions, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Though cosmetic talc, or talcum powder, has been on the market for over 100 years, many of talc’s adverse health effects have only recently come to light. This is due in large part to the diligent work of consumer advocates, such as Levy Konigsberg.

Since 1985, Levy Konigsberg has been fighting for the rights of consumers throughout the United States. Our firm has investigated the sources of household contaminations and has battled with the cosmetic industry, leading to thousands of pages of information chronicling the historic problem of asbestos contamination in talc. As a result, for over a decade, we have led the nation in revealing the truth behind asbestos contamination in cosmetic talc. With numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements from cosmetic talc defendants, our talc lawsuit attorneys continue to uncover crucial information used to aid unknowing consumers who now suffer from mesothelioma and related conditions.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or a related condition after using a talc product, contact Levy Konigsberg at (800) 315-3806 now to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys.

How Do Talc Products Cause Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure affecting different areas of the body, does not only affect those who worked outside the home. Every year, men and women who did not work in jobs traditionally associated with asbestos are diagnosed with this rare disease. Scarier still, many men and women with mesothelioma don’t know what types of products, such as talc, may have exposed them to asbestos in their own homes.

One of the most common questions people diagnosed with mesothelioma ask is how they were exposed to asbestos. In some cases, as with those who have not worked outside the home or who worked in office settings, it is difficult to trace asbestos exposure to a specific product or location. However, this does not mean that the individual has not been exposed to asbestos.

The medical community universally recognizes asbestos exposure as the primary cause of all types of mesothelioma. However, in some cases where a specific source of asbestos cannot be identified, medical professionals may label the mesothelioma as “idiopathic.” Idiopathic is a medical term meaning “no known cause.” For many people who had no reason to know that certain consumer products, including talc, contained harmful levels of asbestos, it is not surprising that the source of their asbestos exposure was not immediately identified.

Many consumers who have used talc know that talc is, by nature, a dusty product. This makes it easy to breathe in (which is one way asbestos gets into the body). Talc is mined from the earth, and is often found in geographical areas where asbestos and other minerals typically develop. In fact, talc and asbestos “grow” so closely together that the two minerals can be inseparable, resulting in contamination. While the science to detect whether or not asbestos was present in consumer talc has existed since the 1950s, some members of the cosmetic industry chose to look the other way.

When Was Asbestos Contamination of Talc Discovered?

Information on asbestos contamination of cosmetic talc first came to light decades ago. Testing conducted on off-the-shelf talcum powder products in the 1960s, which was then published, revealed the probability of contamination in cosmetic talc products. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then began its own testing to determine which products or talc suppliers might be exposing consumers to asbestos.

By 1972, the FDA’s testing revealed 59 popular cosmetic talc products with likely asbestos contamination, including brands/manufacturers such as:

  • Cashmere Bouquet
  • Friendship Garden
  • Mennen
  • Pond’s
  • Coty
  • Avon Unforgettable
  • Desert Flower
  • Emeraude
  • Jean Nate
  • Jeris
  • Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower

This is not an exhaustive list; many other manufacturers and brands were found to be selling talc products with trace levels of asbestos contamination.

Diagnosis of Asbestos-Related Diseases Remains Stable, Despite Reduced Use of Asbestos

Recently, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on trends in asbestos disease diagnoses and discovered an alarming fact: while asbestos use in the United States has decreased, diagnoses among certain individuals has remained the same. As the CDC reported, one possible explanation is the use of consumer products contaminated with asbestos.

As support for this explanation, the CDC cites a recent study following a woman with mesothelioma who reported frequently using cosmetic talc during her life. The published study reported on three different scientific laboratories that tested the cosmetic talc for asbestos, as well as testing the woman’s biological tissue. Two of the three laboratories independently discovered asbestos released into the air from using the cosmetic talc, while the third laboratory discovered talc and asbestos fibers in the woman’s tissue. Importantly, the types of asbestos fibers found in the published study are consistent with the asbestos fiber types commonly found in or near mines where cosmetic talc has been mined.

Understanding Your Rights

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related medical condition, and you have a history of using talcum powder or similar talc products, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Cosmetic companies have known for decades about the risk of asbestos contamination in talc products, yet they have consistently looked the other way and failed to warn consumers about these dangers.

At Levy Konigsberg, we believe that these companies deserve to be held accountable. We know that no amount of financial compensation can undo the devastating diagnosis you have received, but we also know that a fair financial settlement or verdict can provide you and your family with the monetary resources you need to obtain the best medical care. A successful talc lawsuit can also provide you with a much-needed sense of justice, allowing you and your family to heal.

As your legal team, our goal is to maximize your recovery and secure the full, fair compensation you are owed, all while providing you with the highest level of client service and personalized support. We understand how overwhelming the legal process can be, which is why we dedicate all of our time, efforts, and resources to helping you navigate this process so that you can focus on what matters most.

Leading the Way for Mesothelioma Victims & Their Families

Beginning in 2008, Levy Konigsberg began fully prosecuting some of the first asbestos personal injury cases in the country against members of the cosmetics industry, receiving victories in both trial and appellate courts on major issues surrounding the science of asbestos in talc. Since that time, we have obtained millions of dollars in jury verdicts and awards on behalf of consumers exposed to asbestos in talc, including New York and New Jersey’s first and only verdicts against a major supplier of talc to the cosmetic industry.

Levy Konigsberg continues to represent men and women who were unknowingly exposed to asbestos in cosmetic products. We are available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Our multilingual staff assists clients in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and more. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you with your mesothelioma or asbestos-related case.

Contact us online or by phone at (800) 315-3806 today.


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