Examining the Public Health Risks of Carcinogens in Consumer Products

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Examining the Public Health Risks of Carcinogens in Consumer Products



The hearing will examine: (1) the scientific evidence of health risks from long-term use of consumer products containing talc; and (2) federal regulatory framework over consumer products.


  • Talc is used in many consumer products and is often contaminated with asbestos.

  • Since the 1960s, scientists have identified a possible link between ovarian cancer and the use of powders containing talc.

  • On February 21, 2019, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued subpoenas in an investigation of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.

  • On March 5, 2019, the FDA confirmed that it detected asbestos in product samples collected from Claire’s and Justice retailers marketed to children.

  • In the wake of these findings, the FDA issued a statement urging cosmetic firms to “take responsible steps to voluntarily register their products and list ingredients, including talc, used in their products via the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program.” 


Mr. Scott Faber
Vice President of Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

Dr. Anne McTiernan
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Mr. Marvin Salter

116th Congress