As far back as I can remember, Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, along with it’s various shower products, have been a staple good within the Barbadian household.

From the time a Bajan is born, he/she’s liable to be coated in a layer of this “soothing” product, and in many cases, this practice continues into their adolescent years. This is particularly evident among our secondary school students, who’re the primary persons of interest in this case who I hope to inform.

Whether this practice is due to our warm tropical climate, as persons seek to remain cool, or simply a result of habit, the frequent use of J&J’s powder poses a number of health concerns generally unknown to the public.

A St. Louis Court Jury has just awarded the sum of 4.7Billion US dollars to 22 plaintiffs. The court found that Talcum Powder, found within J&J’s Baby powder contained asbestos, a substance known to contribute towards the development of ovarian cancer in women.

To date Six of the Twenty Two Plaintiffs have passed away due to Ovarian cancer.

Ironically, Johnson & Johnson still plead innocence, claiming that the trial was unfair & that their product doesn’t contain asbestos, nor does it induce ovarian cancer. However, reports from the plaintiff’s doctors contradict these claims, highlighting the presence of Talcum Powder & Asbestos in the ovarian tissue of our plaintiffs.

Furthermore, a team of medical experts have gone onto confirm the presence of asbestos within the talcum powder, a known carcinogen, stating that the substance “is intermingled with mineral talc” which is the primary ingredient in their Baby Powder & Shower to Shower products.

It must also be noted that these plaintiffs make up a small portion of the current 9,000+ women who’ve accused Johnson & Johnson’s product of aiding in the development in their Ovarian cancer.

I encourage you to carry out further research on this subject and pay greater attention to the chemicals, and possibly carcinogens, that we allow to enter our bodies. We can’t rely on large corporations to make the ethical decisions which offer them no financial gain.

A word to the wise is sufficient.