J&J Toxicologist Defends Co.'s Talc As 'Clean' At Cancer Trial

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (January 31, 2019, 9:24 PM EST) -- A Johnson & Johnson toxicologist on Thursday defended the quality of the talcum powder in its baby powder during a California trial over claims that the talc once contained cancer-causing asbestos, testifying over dozens of objections that J&J's talc was "clean and second to none."

John Hopkins said while he worked at J&J from 1976 to 2000, he reviewed multiple studies going back to the mid-1960s, along with hundreds of talc samples. He said those studied showed that there was no evidence of asbestos in the talc that J&J once used to make its household products, like baby powder and Shower-to-Shower....

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