Households Johnson & Johnson are back in the news when a large jury in Washington examines whether the company knew its talc products contained harmful carcinogens. According to a report by Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether the trademark was dishonest to the public about possible cancer risk associated with its baby powder. A subsequent Forbes article added that Johnson & Johnson has been sued more than 13,000 times for "not informing customers that its talc contains asbestos, causing a form of ovarian cancer called mesothelioma."
So what does all this mean? First, Johnson & Johnson is in full collaboration with all parties involved. "We have fully co-operated with the previously announced DOJ survey and will continue to do so," J & J Spokeswoman Kim Montagnino said in a Bloomberg report. The mark also claims that it is all false. "Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer, which has been supported by decades of independent clinical evidence."
There is not much we can take away from this. While families and consumers have to wait and see what comes from this criminal investigation, it's just another reminder that we need to make informed decisions about the types of products that make sense to our homes and babies.