NBC News: Asbestos risk sparks public demand for beauty industry oversight

Advocates, including Beasley Allen’s Leigh O’Dell, called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve regulatory oversight of the beauty industry during a hearing before agency leaders. NBC News reported that panelists at the hearing specifically requested the agency strengthen its testing for asbestos that has been found to taint talc-containing products and other cosmetics. The report explains that even trace amounts of asbestos, similar to those discovered in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder last year, are dangerous. The mineral particles in talc products are small enough to be inhaled. Those tainted with asbestos can cause consumers to develop mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lining of internal organs. O’Dell, along with Beasley Allen’s Ted Meadows and Sharon Zinns, is helping lead national litigation involving claims that toxins in talc products led to the development of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

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