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Talcum powder still not proven safe by federal agency

It is only a recent development in U.S. history that companies must answer for dangerous products they have released. But developments such as government agencies dedicated to protecting specific groups of citizens and legal obligations to victims of poor business practices have strengthened the age of holding makers responsible.

Some cosmetics companies have been facing legal pressure about the marketing, sales and production of talcum powder. Scientific papers dating back more than 50 years have claimed talcum powder may be connected with certain types of cancers. Specifically, the use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product may lead to ovarian and cervical tumors.

Another issue connected to talcum powder is asbestos. Scientific research has shown more conclusively a connection between the mineral's crystalline fibers and lung cancer or disease. The source of talcum powder may be contaminated with naturally occurring asbestos, but research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been inconclusive on asbestos in commercially available talcum powder products.

The two fields governing responsibility for asbestos poisoning are science and the law. Scientists are still working to demonstrate more clearly the assumed connection between talcum powder and cancer, while legal proceedings continue to set precedents for corporate responsibility and financial damages for victims of talcum powder and asbestos exposure.

An attorney can help review the details of a talcum powder exposure case, from medical records to product details. Legal representation may help increase the chances of a single or class-action lawsuit for reimbursement and further compensation against a manufacturer that put profit over the safety of customers.

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