Baby Powder doesn’t have to be approved by the FDA.
The absence of Baby Powder warnings may be due to the fact that cosmetic products do not have to be reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they go on the market. Because talc ― the main ingredient in Baby Powder ― is considered cosmetic when used in makeup and body powders, there is little federal oversight.
According to the FDA’s website, cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients, “but the law does not require them to share their safety information with the FDA.” The FDA further states that it monitors safety issues with cosmetic products but will not take action without “sound scientific data to show that it is harmful under its intended use.”
Over the years, medical experts and advocacy groups, such as the non-profit Cancer Prevention Coalition, have petitioned the FDA to mandate Baby Powder warning labels on talc-based products. The petitioners cited numerous studies and scientific publications linking talc to an increased risk for ovarian cancer, but the FDA rejected their petitions due to insufficient evidence, according to a May 2016 article in Chemical Watch that details the FDA’s stance.
Recently, two juries found Johnson & Johnson liable for failing to warn about the possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer and awarded two families a total of $127 million in damages. Despite these jury awards and growing body of evidence, the FDA does not require Baby Powder warnings on talc-based product labels, and Johnson & Johnson has refused to voluntarily add one. Therefore, Baby Powder remains on store shelves today without cancer risk warnings.
We hope you found this information helpful. Please visit our FAQ page for answers to other questions like, “Has the FDA issued Baby Powder warnings regarding ovarian cancer?” McDonald Law Firm represents women who have developed ovarian or fallopian tube cancer after prolonged use of talcum powder for personal hygiene. The firm has created the site babypowdercancerrecovery.com as a resource for victims and their families. Contact the firm today if you or a loved one has developed cancer after the use of baby powder for personal hygiene.