For the first time, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) did examine asbestos testing for talc powders and cosmetics at a hearing, after traces of the known carcinogen were found in several such products, including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.
U.S. lawmakers and consumer advocates have called for stricter safety regulations to protect public health .
The hearing focused on testing standards recommended by a panel of government experts. The recommendations, published last month, embrace positions held by public health authorities and experts for plaintiffs who in lawsuits allege that contaminated talc products caused their cancers.
One of the most significant recommendations from the expert panel is that mineral particles found in talc products small enough to be drawn into the lungs, even those the industry would not technically categorize as asbestos, should be counted as potentially harmful.