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Cosmetics company is defendant in new talcum powder lawsuit

Talcum powder was considered a faithful friend to people, protecting them from moisture-related problems like itching and rashes. Although the absorbent material has been a staple in American bathrooms from nearly a century, recent discoveries of hazardous dust within many types of the commercially available powder have led to health problems for its users.

More than 16,000 lawsuits have appeared in civil courts around the country as people with cancer and other serious health problems attempt to track them back to talcum powder contaminated with asbestos. The fibrous material was once used en masse in insulation and other industrial applications but has since been shown to cause mesothelioma, a rare but ravaging form of cancer that attacks the lining around the lungs or digestive system.

While most of these lawsuits focus on the major international distributor of talcum powder, a new case is targeting a cosmetics company. A recent case involves a body powder that was first introduced in the 1930s and has been discontinued. Talcum powder is or was an ingredient in eye shadows and creams due to its effect of creating a soft and silky texture on skin.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate cosmetics beyond certain additives like colorings. As a result, there remains no specific guideline on the use of talcum powder or even asbestos in cosmetics.

People who are thinking their health problems may be tracked to talcum powder may consider legal representation and a civil lawsuit for financial damages. This may help with the expenses that often come with attacking a serious medical issue.

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