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.
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.