FDA To Hold Public Forum On Testing For Asbestos In Talc

Law360 (January 9, 2020, 6:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will host a daylong public forum in February to discuss and obtain scientific information on testing for asbestos in talc-based cosmetics.

The meeting, scheduled for Feb. 4, comes as companies like Johnson & Johnson find themselves in the crosshairs of suits alleging that their talc products have caused illnesses, including mesothelioma and other cancers, because they allegedly contained asbestos.

According to the announcement, the FDA does not intend to come to any decision or position about talc products at the meeting but sees it as an important information-gathering step for addressing...

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