A court in Saint Louis, USA has ordered personal products giant, Johnson and Johnson to pay the sum of USD 55 million to a woman who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after prolonged use of Johnson and Johnson’s baby talcum powder for several years in her genital area. The company says it will appeal.

Talc which is meant to give a smooth feel to the product and also help to absorb moisture is said to contain magnesium, silicon and water (hydrogen and oxygen). The International Agency for Research on Cancer says that talc-based powder if applied to the genitals could be cancinogenic to humans; the jury’s position may have been based on this.

This is the second damage award in three months.

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