Report: Big Pharma covered up baby powder cancer agent for decades

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The report was a lengthy investigation citing documents spanning back to at least 1971. It detailed J&J’s raw talc and finishing powders tested positive for asbestos over this time. The report said company officials fretted over the test results while keeping the information private and failing to disclose the issue to regulators and the public.

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One of the main financiers of bar and restaurant smoking bans, as well as anti-smoking groups, knew for decades that ingredients in its talcum powder contained asbestos, which can cause cancer, according to a report by Reuters.

The report was a lengthy investigation citing documents spanning back to at least 1971. It detailed J&J’s raw talc and finishing powders tested positive for asbestos over this time. The report said company officials fretted over the test results while keeping the information private and failing to disclose the issue to regulators and the public.

Some documents have trickled out publicly as part of court proceedings, but Reuters said it gained access to thousands of company records that had been filed under seal.

They showed J&J attempting to persuade regulators that the amounts of asbestos were tiny enough to be not harmful. According to the American Cancer Society, whose largest donations come from…

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