by Erin Elizabeth, Health Nut News:
The U.S. Justice Department is currently conducting a criminal investigation to determine if Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible presence of asbestos fibers, and the resulting cancer risk, in its talcum powder.
Bloomberg broke the news of the criminal probe (which had not previously been reported) last month. It coincides with a regulatory investigation and civil claims by over 14,000 cancer patients who question the safety of the company’s products. They claim that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder talc products caused their ovarian canceror mesothelioma, which is a rare form of the cancer linked to asbestos exposure.