Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accused the cosmetic industry of refusing to cooperate in updating antiquated cosmetic safety regulations, claiming that an industry proposal would further undermine the minimal oversight that currently exists. An FDA official criticized the cosmetic industry for proposing a bill that would make it easier to include harmful chemicals in products by hindering the FDA from verifying company claims regarding the safety of cosmetics and prevent the regulatory agency from removing potentially dangerous products from the market. The official also claimed that the proposal would strip states of power to regulate when FDA regulation is limited.
Cancer prevention groups have long wanted the FDA to increase watch over the cosmetic industry claiming that such products are some of the least regulated under the 1938 Food and Drug Cosmetic Act. The Cancer Prevention Coaltion says that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that close to 1,000 chemicals used in cosmetics have been reported to be toxic.
Lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section have been investigating and filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder in the genital area. In the course of our investigation, we have learned that companies have known for decades of the risk of ovarian cancer from the use of talcum powder in the genital area yet continue to market those products without any warning in that regard. Such companies have even gone so far to form a task force for the purpose of defending the use and sale of talcum powder and to prevent regulation of their industry.
It seems that adequate regulation of this industry is long overdue. The lawyers in our firm are learning much more about the talcum powder story, including the role a lack of regulation played. Clearly talcum powder induced ovarian cancers. We will publish more information as our investigation continues. I predict our readers will be shocked at some of the materials we uncover in discovery as the litigation proceeds. If you have any questions regarding the talcum powder litigation, or if you would like to have us review a potential claim, contact Ted Meadows, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034, or by email at Ted.Meadows@BeasleyAllen.com.
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