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Companies, doctors in a face-off over talc

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Companies, doctors in a face-off over talc
Posted On: 13-May-2016

Companies, doctors in a face-off over talc
12 May 2016 Delhi

Our products comply with all standards and our own safety measures. There are many grades of talc. At the top is cosmetic grade talc, which meets the highest levels of quality and safety. Pond’s only uses cosmetic talc HINDUSTAN UNILEVER, consumer goods company If talc is applied on an area that is cut it can get absorbed in the blood stream. Since it could contain heavy metals, silica, minerals or even mercury, it can induce inflammation of cells in blood and tissues DEEPALI BHARDWAJ, senior dermatologist.

NEW DELHI: Earlier this month, a US court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million (`365 crore) to a woman who said that using the company’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

The allegation against J&J is that it did not inform customers of the potential dangers of powder despite being aware of the possible health risks.

The company spokesperson said, Unfortunately, the jury’s decision goes against 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc ... We will appeal the recent verdict and continue to defend Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

HUL, which manufactures Pond’s, one of the most popular talcum powders in India, also said it adhered to all safety standards. All our cosmetic products including Pond’s Talc are absolutely safe to use. We always put the safety of consumers first and foremost.” Doctors, however, are not convinced. Granulomas are totally asymptomatic and a person can live with granulomas for years. If there is a trigger at some point such as low immunity or stress, it can develop to full-blown cancer. These are called foreign body granulomas,” said senior dermatologist Deepali Bhardwaj. It also tends to block skin pores that stops the release of sweat.

One should not use talcum powder for long and definitely not the very fine variety that gets absorbed by the skin and blocks pores that can cause inflammation of skin called dermatitis, said Nitin Walia, senior consultant dermatologist at Max Healthcare.

We usually ask asthma patients to avoid talcum powder as we have seen symptoms getting aggravated, especially the fragrant ones that act as a trigger in most cases, said Dr. Vikas Maurya, Senior Chest Specialist, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

Link: http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/showarticle.aspx?article=8533d8be-543d-4ac7-aa76-4dde2fa97423


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