Qatar officials: Johnson’s baby powder is safe to use

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Following an investigation into a popular baby powder brand over health concerns, Qatar’s government has declared the product safe to use.

Officials had quietly ordered Johnson’s baby powder off pharmacy and supermarket shelves last month after its American manufacturer lost a lawsuit against the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer.

At the time, the government said it was setting up a technical committee to test the powder.

A Ministry of Municipality and Environment official said the product had also been sent to labs in Europe to ensure that they do not contain any toxic materials.

Lawsuit

Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay some $72 million in damages was awarded to the family of a woman who used the company’s talcum powder for nearly 50 years.

The woman, Jackie Fox, died of ovarian cancer last year at the age of 62.

Johnson & Johnson said at the time that it “strongly” disagrees with the jury outcome, arguing “it goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products.”

However, the company now faces lawsuits from than 1,000 women and their families, according to Bloomberg.

The plaintiffs assert that J&J and its supplier have known about an association between talc and ovarian cancer for years and did not warn people about it.

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