Three major cosmetics brands — Chanel, Revlon, and L’Oreal —are discreetly eliminating talc in some of their products over mounting lawsuits and growing concerns among consumers that exposure to talc can cause cancer, according to a Reuters report.

The news comes just weeks after Johnson & Johnson announced it was discontinuing sales of its iconic Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States and Canada because of lagging sales and growing concerns about the safety of talc. J&J is also facing nearly 20,000 lawsuits that claim that the company’s talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen, and other impurities and that the products caused consumers to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

In October, Johnson & Johnson recalled bottles of Johnson’s Baby Powder after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of asbestos in the talc. The agency had also issued recalls of talc-containing cosmetics sold by tween retailers Claire’s, Beauty Plus Global, and Justice due to the presence of asbestos.

Chanel has already removed talc from one of its loose face powders and completely removed talc body powder from its product line because of the concerns raised about talc safety in recent years. Last week, Chanel was also hit with a lawsuit by a woman who claims the Chanel talc she used for years was contaminated with asbestos and caused her to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Revlon also removed talc from its body powders and L’Oreal is looking into ingredients it can use to replace the talc in some of its cosmetics, the companies said.

Beasley Allen lawyers Ted Meadows and Leigh O’Dell are heading up the team handling claims of ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder use for feminine hygiene. Our attorneys are also handling mesothelioma claims. They are looking at cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma.

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