Johnson & Johnson said Friday it would stop selling talc-based baby powders in 2023 and transition to cornstarch after battling thousands of lawsuits that linked the product to a carcinogen.
Johnson's Baby Powder with talc is "safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer" J&J said, adding the focus on cornstarch would "simplify" its product offerings.
The company faced 38,000 lawsuits claiming its talc powder contained asbestos, a cancer-causing ingredient, according to Reuters.
"As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio. As a result of this transition, talc-based Johnsons Baby Powder will be discontinued globally in 2023," the company said in a statement posted on its website.