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Johnson & Johnson stops selling talcum baby powder in US and Canada

Johnson & Johnson stops selling talcum baby powder in US and Canada

NEW YORK: The US healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it would stop selling its talcum-based baby powder in the US and Canada, citing a decline in demand.

However, it will continue to sell the cornstarch-based baby powder in the markets.

The move comes as J&J faces over 16,000 lawsuits from consumers claiming its talc products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, caused their cancer.

The lawsuits allege that the company’s talc products have been contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.

J&J first began selling baby-powder products in the 1890s, according to a company blog.

The J&J is one of a handful of companies working with the National Institutes of Health to develop potential treatment options for the coronavirus pandemic and a vaccine for COVID-19.

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In the meantime, the United States, Mexico and Canada on Tuesday said they would extend a ban on non-essential cross-border travel by another 30 days to help fight the coronavirus.

The US said restrictions, first imposed in mid-March, would be extended until June 22. T

In addition, the US also said that it would extend pandemic-related rules that permit rapid deportations of migrants caught at its borders.

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