Law.com reported that a U.S. House subcommittee weighed “whether to grant the Food and Drug Administration more authority to mandate safety recalls of cosmetic products, including asbestos-containing talcum powder. The hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform, comes after the FDA last week warned consumers in a safety alert that four cosmetic products from retailers Claire’s and Justice contained asbestos, a known carcinogen. (Claire’s voluntarily recalled the products [in March 2019].) It also comes as Johnson & Johnson has suffered massive jury verdicts over its baby powder.” The pressure has mounted “against Johnson & Johnson, which lost several jury verdicts in the past two years in trials involving victims of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, including a $4.7 billion award last year. Last month, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued subpoenas in an investigation of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.”
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